Sweeper’s Lane row : Sub-committee submits report

Correspondent Shillong, Aug 28 | Publish Date: 8/28/2020 12:09:05 PM IST
Meghalaya Urban Affairs Hamletson Dohling on Friday submitted the report of a sub-committee to relocate Dalit Sikhs from Sweeper’s Lane  to the High Level Committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.
  The sub-committee or the consultative committee headed by Dohling  had held several meeting with stakeholders – Hima Mylliem,  Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council - to finds ways to relocate the residents of sweeper’s colony from their present location.
 “We have received the report and now more or less the issue that we discussed form one meeting to the other has almost reached its final stage,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, who is also the chairman of the High Level Committee, told reporters after a meeting.
He informed that the High Level Committee will hold another round of meeting and compile the report of the sub-committee and then send it to the State government.
 “Hopefully we would be able to finalize everything and submit the report to the Government to take necessary action,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
The issues to relocate the residents of Sweeper’s Lane, known to the local people as Them Metor is located in the commercial area of Shillong near Ïewduh, one of the busiest markets in the northeastern states, have led to wide speared violence in the State Capital in 2018 after a minor scuffle between the residents and a local bus driver and his relatives.
The scuffle took a communal turn and over the next few months there were cases of violence and the district administration had to clamped curfew to prevent the situation spiraling out of hand.
For more than two decades, several indigenous Khasi civil society groups have demanded that the Meghalaya government re-locate Sikh residents living in Them Metor since British times, claiming most of them are “illegal settlers”.

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