Hostel Owners Association urges govt to review notification regarding hostel fees

Shillong, July 1: An Ad-Hoc committee of Hostel Owners Association, Shillong, on Wednesday sent a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong to share their hardships during-and-after the lockdown due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hostel Owners Association President, G D Gulanlung in the memorandum stated that they are facing a financial crisis since hostellers haven’t paid their dues since April.

They stated that they generate their income from the student community and from the same source, they pay their liabilities such as, payment of monthly rental to landlord/landlady, electricity bills besides maintenance expenditure.

The Association stated that most of them have taken houses on rent to run their paying guests or hostel accommodations and now the landlord/landlady are asking for rent. 

However, upon closure of institutions the occupants like hostellers have left for their native places leaving behind their belongings in their custody. 

“The hostellers have not paid fees such as accommodation and mess fees to the hostel owners,” the Ad-Hoc Committee of Hostel Owners Association, Shillong stated. 

They stated that it has become difficult for them to sustain their livelihood and urged the government to look into the notification urging the private hostel owners not to charge fees from students. 

“Considering the circumstances it is incumbent for us to seek your kind intervention in the form of providing relief assistance towards us,” the ad hoc committee stated. 

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