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By Our Reporter | Shillong, July 13, 2018: 

While the State Government’s High Level Committee, looking into the Sweeper’s Lane row, is yet to come up with a concrete solution to the pending problem, the Harijan Panchayat Committee has resorted to legal recourse and filed a case in the Meghalaya High Court against the formation of the HLC.

Confirming the development, Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the HLC, Prestone Tynsong on Thursday said that the government will respond to the two-week notice given by the court.

The Deputy Chief Minister informed that the HLC in its recently concluded meeting had raised some points and redirected the Municipality Board and the Land Records Department to expedite the process and re-submit its report.

Tynsong had also stated that the HLC will meet again this week to discuss the fresh land survey reports on Them Iew Mawlong.

While talking about the Harijan Panchayat Committee approaching the High Court, Tynsong refused to comment on matters relating to the court but maintained “We will respond to it and the government lawyers are working on it,” he added.

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Meanwhile, state Home Minister James Sangma said that the government is sincere in its endeavour to reach to a solution by taking all the stakeholders into consideration and asserted that hiccups will always be there.

Asked if the HPC taking legal recourse reflects their lack of confidence on the government, Sangma said “It has to be understood that the government is not depriving anybody of anything and wants to take the views of all the stakeholders on the matter.”

The whole trouble started soon after the May 31 clash at Them Iew Mawlong in Shillong which resulted in pressure groups and various sections of the society to demand the relocation of the residents from Them Iew Mawlong, which later prompted the government to form a High Level Committee to look into the matter.

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During the past few weeks, the Committee had directed the Shillong Municipal Board and Land Records Department to conduct a survey and compile a report on the number of residents in the area. The process, however, faced a roadblock following the lack of cooperation from the residents.

This has angered many local bodies who maintained that this kind of attitude only proves that majority of the residents living in that area are ‘illegal immigrants’.

Soon after this, the HLC directed the SMB and Records Department to conduct a fresh report and submit it at the earliest.

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