SHILLONG, Aug 22: The Hynñiewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), Shillong Region on Wednesday said that the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) admitted that it is bound to issue trading licence to non-tribals if Rangbah Shnong (traditional heads) of the localities issue No Objection Certificates (NoC).
According to the HNYF these words were uttered by none other than the Executive Member (EM) in-charge Trade, Neil Antonio War when the pressure group met him on Tuesday.
“When we went to meet him, he said the District Council only give its recommendations following the NOC given by the Dorbar Shnong,” general secretary, of the HNYF Shillong Region, Faster Kharmujai said.
Kharmujai pointed out that according to the United Khasi-Jaintia Hills District (Trading By Non-Tribals) Regulation, 1954, it is clearly stated in Para 3 A that the District Council should not issue trading license to any non-tribal if there is any tribal who carries on the same trade or is willing to carry on such trade which the application of license is made.
The members of the HNYF, Shillong region said that War pointed out to Article 19(1)(g) in the Constitution Of India which allow to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business to all citizens.
Stating that they don’t have the exact statistic of trading by non-tribals without NOC from the Council , the members however claimed that they are aware that non-tribals especially in areas like Rynjah and Demsieniong localities of the city are running their businesses illegally without trading licence from the District Council.