SHILLONG: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has decided not to issue fresh trading licenses to non-tribals at Iewduh, which is one of the biggest traditional markets in the region.
KHADC CEM Latiplang Kharkongor said, “We have unanimously agreed to implement a notification issued by the council in the year 2013-14 to stop granting of fresh trading licenses at Iewduh market. We will immediately issue an order tomorrow,” he said. Kharkongor informed that the said notification was issued by the council in 2013 to safeguard the interest of the tribal people.
However, when the then executive committee collapsed, the notification was accordingly denotified, he said. “Subsequently, fresh trading licenses have been issued from 2015 till date,” he said.
According to Hima Mylliem, there are over 5,000 shops in the Iewduh market. One of the myntris of the Hima said that around 2,400 shops are owned by non-tribals.
Acting Syiem of Hima Mylliem, Ainam Manik Syeim said some of these shops were established before the enactment of the Meghalaya Land Transfer Act. Another myntri however said 75 per cent of the shops are owned by tribal traders but most of them have rented their shops to non-tribal traders.