SHILLONG, Feb 23: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU)’s Jaintia Hills district committee has alleged that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) has indulged in massive anomalies in issuing trade license to traders. The student body alleged that trade license have been issued to many non-tribals without proper documents.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, O Dkhar, president of KSU JHD said, “We have apprised the CEM of JHADC on the RTI finding regarding the issuing of trade license in the district and it is surprising that the district council, a body which is responsible for safeguarding and protecting our traditiol customs is issuing trading license irresponsibly.”
He said according to the RTI it showed that many of the people who had been granted trade license were uble to produce any PRC, Police verification, affidavit or a recommendation letter from a village headman.
Informing that the CEM of JHADC had admitted that there are anomalies in the issuing of trading license, he said, “During our discussion with the CEM he admitted that there are anomalies but the question is how can the council make rules and later can break it.”
He said after discussing with the licensing officer, the Union had asked the district council to produce the receipt copy of those people which the council had issued or renewed their trading license; however the council could not do so.
He informed that as per the RTI report it showed that 1, 493 new trade licenses were issued by the JHADC in 2013-14 and 1, 380 in 2014-15.
Alleging that the District Council had blamed their staff for all the anomalies in issuing the trading license, he said that as per rule, license can be issued to non-tribal only after the Executive Committee (EC)’s nod.
“It’s shocking that the District council is even issuing trade license to the indigenous people of the district when the purpose of a Trade license is meant to be given only to those non-tribals who are coming from other states to conduct business in our land,” he said adding that when the matter was taken up with the Council they could not give a satisfactory answer.
He alleged that there are companies to which No Objection Certificate (NOC) has been issued without any recommendation from traditiol heads.
He added, “When we discussed this matter with the District Council they admitted that the issuing of NOC by these companies is illegal.”
Meanwhile, Shaphrang Pynkhlong, president of KSU rpuh circle alleged that one Jonny Dkhar had claimed to be a headman of an area falling under the jurisdiction of Lumshnong Dorbar and he has also been issuing Sad to non-tribals so that they can apply trade license.
“How is it possible that the District Council is uble to recognize the headmen in those areas?” he questioned.
The KSU has also demanded immediate action against those companies and bogus headmen who are issuing certificates without being empowered by the JHADC.