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SHILLONG |Dec 20, 2018:

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has rejected the demand of the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) to disband the High Level Committee (HLC) which was constituted by the State Government for finding a permanent solution into the Them Metor issue.

“There is no question of disbanding the HLC. The committee will continue with its job of finding a permanent solution to this problem,” Chief Minister told reporters here on Thursday.

The HPC had yesterday requested the Governor to intervene and sought the disbandment of the High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the State Government.

The high-level committee was constituted in June this year, soon after the Shillong unrest and the subsequent demand for removal of the illegal settlers of the Punjabi colony, located in the heart of Shillong.

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After meeting the State Governor Tatagatha Roy, the Harijan Panchayat Committee Gurjit Singh issued a press release by terming the government constituted High Level Committee (HCL) as ‘acting in a biased and mala fide manner.”

The HLC was constituted to find the actual government employees and their families who have been residing in the colony, besides those who have received the land pattas as per the official protocol.

However, in their meeting with the Governor, they accused the government that it has been issuing illegal orders for survey of properties of the Sikhs to the Shillong Municipal Board.

Besides insinuating that the government intention is to dislocate the Sikhs, the statement signed by Gurjit Singh blatantly stated ‘the so called High level committee is bad in law and its proceedings in so far as relocation of Sikhs are concerned since it has been stayed by the High Court, National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)”.

Conrad said that there is no question of going slow in resolving in pending issue despite the ruling of the Meghalaya High Court.

It may be recalled that the High Court earlier had passed an order asking the State Government to go slow on the matter.

To a question if the HPC had by-passed the State Government by going ahead to meet the Governor to intervene on this issue, he said that the Government cannot prevent anyone from meeting the Governor.

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