SHILLONG, Oct 18: A conglomeration of pressure groups in Meghalaya has demanded that the government, police and district councils take action against the three non-tribals who recently met, Meghalaya Governor, Staya Pal Malik accusing tribals of discrimination against the Hindus.
It may be mentioned that the three have cited that Hindus in Meghalaya are denied EPIC, PAN card, Birth certificate and all other related documents relating to Indian citizenship.
“This statement is tarnishing the image of the government of Meghalaya as a culprit of religious persecution which on the contrary all non tribals are availing themselves EPIC, Birth certificate, Ration card without any discrimination by government establishment and zero interference from NGOs if they can proof themselves as Indian citizens,” the pressure groups
The pressure groups alleged that the three persons are themselves engaged in limestone businesses in Ichamati with habitual benami transactions which is incurring revenue loss to the state.
“Such people are bound to be allergic to trading licenses and District Councils which issue such licenses and they blame the NGOs as communal because we at times enforce the implementation of law i.e., the Regulation of Trade by non-tribal,” the pressure groups
The pressure groups pointed that the pressure groups of the state have never been communal in their thoughts and actions, but being a minuscule tribal community in this country they want to preserve, protect and promote the rights and interest and in pursuing their ideals.
“We try not to identify religion as point of conflict but our concerns are issues relating to identity which we feel are sanctioned in our social, economic and political rights as indigenous people of the state,” the pressure groups said.