SHILLONG, Jun 12: In the wake of the threat by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on the residents of the Harijan Colony, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has summoned the state government.
“The MHA has summoned the state government on the issue of Harijan Colony. This meeting was held on Thursday,” deputy chief minister, Prestone Tynsong said.
According to Tynsong, state Chief Secretary PS Thangkhiew and the Principal Secretary, Urban Affairs will represent the state in the meeting with the MHA.
“The summoning by the MHA is on a complaint… this meeting between the state and the centre is a good exercise,” Tynsong said even as he added that “Just listening to one side will not solve the issue but there is a need to give ear to both the parties and to assess the documents and then one would understand the issue.”
It may be mentioned that after the threat by the HNLC, the Harijan Panchayat Committee had sought the intervention of the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and protection of the Sikh community outside the state.
Even Delhi MLA and member of Shiromani Akali Dal, Manjinder S Sirsa sought the intervention of Union Home Minister, Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, Tynsong who is also the chairman of the government constituted, High Level Committee to relocate the residents of Harijan Colony, from its present location said, “I urge organisations and individuals from the Sikh community not to make any comments without knowing the facts.”
The deputy chief minister said that if any organisation or individuals wants to discuss the issue of Harijan Colony it can come to the state government to discuss what is the best solution.
“The door of the state government is open 24 hours for any organisation from the Sikh community,” he added.
Tynsong also said that when the government talks of relocation it does not mean that they will be thrown out of the state.
“But we will take also take care of their well being,” the deputy chief minister added.