High Level Committee to look into relocation of residents from Them ïew Mawlong

One arrested for assault on local boys
SHILLONG, Jun 4: The Meghalaya government will notify a High Level Committee (HLC) to find a permanent solution to the long pending issue of relocation of the residents of Them ïew Mawlong (Harijan colony).

On Monday, the state government held a series of meetings at the state secretariat which included all political parties of the state, traditional heads and hawkers association.

The HLC will be headed by Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, and the other members of the will consist of Urban Affairs Minister, Hamletson Dohling, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander L Hek, Agriculture Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh, CEM of KHADC, Pynshngain N Syiem and Home Minister James K Sangma.

The member secretary will be principal secretary Donald Phillips Wahlang and this committee will have the power to co-opt any other members necessary.

“We have asked the Urban Affairs department to immediately submit a report in detail to this committee regarding the current position of the sweeper’s colony including the legal aspects, past history, all issues concerning authorised and unauthorised occupants of the colony to be able to get actual status of this particular problem right now,” Conrad told journalists.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister appealed to the agitators to stop their protests since his government has ensured to find a solution to the long pending issue.

“The solution is not on the street but on the table and we are ready for discussions and talks and we have all the different people from different organisation and after that this particular resolution was reached,” he added.

Conrad also said that the event of last four days financially and economically affected daily labourers, farmers, taxi drivers, hawkers and shopkeepers.

Home Minister James PK Sangma said that flag march has been conducted by the army and as of now, the situation is tense but under controlled.

When asked if any timeline has been given to the committee to complete the exercise, the Chief Minister said that this has been an issue which is pending for a very long time and complicated issues surround the matter.

Conrad, however said that he would be asking the committee to complete the job as soon as possible and submit the report at the earliest.

On if the current stand-off in the city was communal in nature, or whether there is a political agenda which led to the current situation.

The Chief Minister said, “It is not appropriate to comment anything on this.”

He also said that the police has arrested one B. Misa who is involved for assaulting the local boys.

Home Minister James K Sangma said that flag march has been conducted by the army and as of now, the situation is tense but under control.

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