§ Mr. O'GRADY
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware that the practice of electing the Siem of the Cherra State in the Khasi and Jaintea Hills district, in the province of Assam, was abrogated in the election of the present Siem, and has caused dissatisfaction among the twelve clans in the district; and whether, having regard to the immemorial custom among the people of the Cherra State to elect their chief by the votes of the representatives of the twelve clans, there is any reason why this custom should not be allowed in future?
§ Mr. HAROLD BAKER
As regards the election of the present Siem, I would refer 783W the hon. Member to the answer given to him on 29th October, 1906, to which the Secretary of State has nothing to add. As regards the future, that method of election will be followed which the Government of India are satisfied is in greatest accordance with the ascertained usage of the people.