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SHILLONG | Dec 12, 2018:

The Meghalaya Government has taken a strong exception over the decision of the Punjab Government to announce compensation on the Sikh community residing at Them Metor.

“I am not happy with the decision of the Punjab Government. Without verifying the facts, the Punjab Government on the basis of hearsay has announced the compensation to the Sikh population,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong said while reacting very strongly to the announcement of compensation by the Punjab Government here today.

He said that the Meghalaya Government would provide compensation if there are injuries to any member of the Sikh population. “But we have no information that any member of the Sikh population getting injured during the law and order problem in Shillong city earlier this year,” Tynsong said.

According to Deputy Chief Minister, the Sikh population who are residing in Them Metor are the citizens of the State.

Tynsong also took a strong exception on the claims about the damages on the properties of the Sikh population.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister said that it is pretty sad that they are trying to play politics on religious card.

“We can’t play politics on religious lines. We are Indians because of the Constitution of India.I am fed up with the people from Punjab visiting our State .They have been playing dirty politics and trying to flare up this whole issue,” Tynsong said.

He stated that if something happen in Punjab, the Meghalaya Government cannot react just because of hearsays.

“They are playing on religion cards. I don’t like any community who tries to play on religion lines,” Deputy Chief Minister asserted

He further stated that the decision on the part of the Punjab Government is not fair.

Earlier on Tuesday, Captain Amarinder Singh government approved relaxation in instructions of the Relief and Resettlement Department for providing Rs. 60 lakh as compensation to the Sikh community against damage caused to their properties during violence in Shillong.

Captain Amarinder Singh had deputed a four-member delegation led by Cooperation & Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to visit Shillong for taking stock of damage caused to the properties of Sikh community in violence.

On their return from the strife-torn areas of Shillong, the delegation submitted a report and apprised the Chief Minister about the situation. Captain Amarinder Singh on September 28, 2018 ordered that requisite amount be provided from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to the Punjabi settlers, whose shops were gutted, besides construction of a community-run school.

Out of the total amount of Rs. 60 lakh, Rs. 50 lakh would be provided to Khalsa Middle School in Bara Bazar for reconstruction as its old building has been declared unsafe.

Similarly, monetary assistance to the tune of Rs 2 lakh would be given to Sangam Singh for loss caused to his shop in violence. Apart from this, Rs. 3 lakh would be given to Gurmeet Singh whose scooty showroom was put on fire during clashes, while Rs. 5 lakh to Satpal Singh whose truck was set ablaze by rioters.

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