SHILLONG | June 12, 2019:
A year after a clash between two groups took an ugly and violent turn in Shillong’s largest commercial hub, Motphran, the state government is yet to resolve the issue even as it continues to examine and review the proposal to relocate the settlers from Them Iew Mawlong.
Owing to the delay in resolving the issue, criticisms have been raised by the Opposition Congress and other sections of the society with threats being issued by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
In view of this, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has summoned the State Government to discuss on the proposal to relocate the settlers from Them Iew Mawlong.
“The MHA has called the State Government for a meeting to discuss on the move the settlers from Thew Iew Mawlong. The meeting will be held in New Delhi on Thursday,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters here today.
According to Tynsong, the meeting will be attended by Chief Secretary, P.S Thangkhiew.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister asserted that the State Government remains committed to relocate the settlers from there since the place is not fit for human settlement.
“We wanted to relocate. There is no way out. We have given them enough time. May be this is last opportunity we have provided to submit the necessary documents to proof that they are not illegal settlers,” Tynsong said.
When asked about the threat by HNLC, he said that the threat by the banned organisation will not dislocate the intention of the State Government to find a permanent solution to this problem.
“At the same time, the Government will ensure the safety of each and every citizen of the State. We will not allow any banned organization to create fear psychosis among the citizens,” Tynsong. He said that the police forces are guarding 24/7 adding that they have put “No Entry” on the road leading to Thew Iew Mawlong.
On the condemnation of the Sikh community on the steps taken by the Government, he said that the NGOs of the Sikh community should not act like a Government. “They are commenting on this issue from Punjab, Delhi and even from outside the country. They should visit the State and meet the State Govenrment to understand the ground reality. The doors of the Government are always open,” he said. He also called upon the Sikh community from outside not to add fuel to the prevailing situation.
He said that the Government wants to relocate since the place they are residing is not hygienic.
When asked on the directive of the High Court that the State Government should approach the civil court, he said that the Government will approach the court if the land in question is in dispute.
“There is no dispute here. As per the agreement in 1954, the said land belongs to the Syiem of Mylliem and the Shillong Municipal Board,” Deputy Chief Minister said.