Govt should have waited for court to decide: Hek

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Meghalaya News 24 Exclusive 

Senior BJP Legislator AL Hek on Sunday has asked the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government to settle the issue pertaining to the relocation of the Sweepers’ Colony in court.

“…they should have waited for the court to decide, since the matter is subjudice, why not wait till the court decides the course of action, ” Hek told Meghalaya News 24.

He further said, “… they should act or take decisions based on the directives of the court.”

The High-Level Committee (HLC) headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, in its report submitted on September 28, had recommended the relocation of Sweeper’s Colony and taking possession of the land at Them Iew Mawlong.

The Urban Affairs department has been asked to find locations for relocation of “illegal settlers”.

Rejecting the HLC recommendations, the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) has vowed to fight against the “illegal acts” of the state government while claiming that the land was “gifted” to them by the then Syiem of Hima Mylliem.

The BJP Leader further said that the inhabitants of the sweepers’ lane should not be humiliated by the state Government.

 “..the decision should not humiliate anyone, I don’t want to see anyone humiliated. All souls are equal in front of us, ” he said.

Demanding comfortable accommodation for the settlers, the former Minister said, “… if the government wants to take back the sweeper colony, they have to give them comfortable accommodation first. If they don’t give comfortable accommodation to them, I will also not allow the Govt to throw them on the streets. “

The BJP legislator felt that the government is mishandling the issue.

On Thursday, a delegation of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) sought the intervention of the Meghalaya governor Satya Pal Malik into the government’s move to relocate the Sweeper’s Colony from Them Iew Mawlong.

DSGMC president S Manjinder Singh Sirsa requested the governor to intervene in the situation and “to provide the long settlers, Harijan community of the state of Meghalaya an immediate solution for the same”.

He alleged the government’s actions, more particularly the statement of the chief minister, Conrad K. Sangma, for taking possession of land within a week, is against all canons of law and an utter violation of the law.

Supporting the move of Akali Dal, the BJP National Executive member said, “Akali Dal is also one of the major political party of the Punjab state, so it is their right to fight for their own people. What they have done they have done  best for their people. “