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Meghalaya HC sets six weeks’ timeline for Govt-HPC to resolve relocation issue

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SHILLONG, JUNE 14: The Meghalaya High Court has granted six weeks’ time to the state government and the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) to resolve the long pending issue pertaining to the relocation of 342 families from Them Iew Mawlong.

An order passed by Justice W Diengdoh on June 13 stated, that “Counsels appearing for both parties have jointly submitted the process of talks of settlement is going on between the concerned parties for which some time may be allowed since if any positive settlement emerge, this matter would eventually be rendered infructuous. It is prayed that 6(six) weeks’ time be given.”

Earlier on May 31, the HPC had sought two months’ time to appoint a new president for continuing the discussion with the state government on the relocation issue.

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This also came days ahead of the crucial meeting fixed to be held on June 7, between the state government and the HPC for taking a final call on the matter.

HPC secretary Gurjit Singh in a letter submitted to deputy chief minister in-charge home (police) Prestone Tynsong on May 31, said, “I am writing to request a postponement of our upcoming meeting to be held on June 7, regarding our historical habitat at the Harijan Colony, Bara Bazar, Shillong.”

“Our headman/president Billu Singh has passed away recently. Fighting the grief at his demise, we are currently in association with his family for his last rites as per the Sikh customs and rites in his residence at Shillong and his native place in Punjab,” Singh had said.

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Singh had said later, they will complete the process of selection/election of a new headman/president of Harijan Panchayat Committee and register the new committee in the office of the Registrar of Societies.

“This transition is crucial to our community’s governance and decision-making processes as per the provisions of the constitution of HPC cum headmanship. It will take us at least two months’ time to complete the process of finding an appropriate person to replace the veteran who has served our organization and people of our community for many years. To complete this process and ensure our new leader is fully prepared to engage appropriate discussions with the government, we need time. We appreciate your understanding during this challenging time,” Singh had stated in the letter.

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