SHILLONG, July 1: The Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya and Chairman of the High Level Committee (HLC) Prestone Tynsong has said that the decision of the people residing at Them Iew Mawlong to lock their houses during the inventory survey of the Shillong Municipal Board only proves that majority of the people who are residing at sweeper’s lane at are ‘illegal settlers’.
“The decision of these people to lock their houses have created a confusion and its very suspicious and I don’t know what made them lock their houses during the survey because the government was only inventories through the survey to get a better understanding and proper detail on the genuine settlers of the area with the knowledge of the government or Municipal board,” Tyngsong told a section of the media in an interview at his official residence on Saturday.
According to him, those who had locked their houses during the survey of Them Iew Mawlong prove that maybe they are illegal settlers.
“If they are legal settlers then should have cooperated with the municipal board and by not cooperating in the survey only shows that majority of them are illegal settlers,” he said.
Pointing out that the area is also unhealthy and unhygienic, he said, “The area is not suitable for living conditions especially for young children and babies and our friends residing at Them Iew Mawlong should understand that the government is doing what is best for their welfare and to live peacefully side by side with the indigenous community of the state.”
When asked, he said, “The government has appealed to organizations coming from outside the state from interfering in this issue as it is a state matter and not to make comments which may add fuel to the situation, however these organizations should instead give positive suggestions to the government or the HLC to resolve the problem at the earliest.”
Stating that these organizations are here for just one or two days and hence does not understand the totality of the issue, he informed that in his earlier statement he had asked those groups from outside not to create an issue out of the present situation at Them Iew Mawlong.
“This issue is the duty of the government to resolve and no one has the right to tell the government what to do or what not to do because we now best what is the right decision which is appropriate for everyone,” Tyngsong said adding that it is the prerogative of the State Government to resolve this long pending issue.