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Minorities panel wants status quo on Harijan Colony

Shillong, Oct 10: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has asked the state government to maintain status quo on Harijan Colony in line with the order of High Court of Meghalaya.

In a statement, the secretary of Harijan Panchayat Committee,Gurjit Singh said the National Commission for Minorities, in an order on October 8 had stated that the commission took suo-moto cognisance of the news report regarding the decision of Meghalaya government’ to shift the employees of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and other departments of the government of Meghalaya from the Harijan Colony and to find an alternative location for relocating the “illegal settlers.”

The NCM chief Iqbal Singh Lalpura directed the chief secretary  to furnish a detailed report and to maintain status quo on the matter as directed by High Court of Meghalaya, Singh said

The Harijan Panchayat Committee said the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, has also taken suo-moto cognisance of the acceptance of the High-Level Committee report by the government and sought details for investigation.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa also opposed the attempt to relocate Sikhs in Shillong and decided to take up the matter with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and  Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Singh said.

Similarly, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa has also promised support, he added.

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