Meghalaya: Safai Karamcharis Commission against relocation of Sikh residents

Meghalaya: Safai Karamcharis Commission against relocation of Sikh residents

SHILLONG | June 28, 2019:

Member of the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Jagdish Hiremani on Thursday questioned the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) for serving notices to the Sikh population residing at Them Iew Metor.

"How can the municipality serves the notices when the Meghalaya High Court has given its ruling in favour of the Sikh Population in the areas," Hiremani,  who is on a visit to the state to review the welfare of the Safai Karamcharis, told reporters here yesterday. 

It may be mentioned that the High Level Committee (HLC) had served notices for inventorisation to the residents of the Harijan Colony.

He further said that the State Government should not think of relocating the residents from the area until the High Court gives a fresh ruling on this issue. "The Government should also wait for the recommendations of the High Level Committee." NCSK member said.

Meanwhile, Hiremani said that he would be filing a report and send it to the Centre and the State Government on his interactions with the residents and other government officials of various departments.

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Stating that the residents have served the state government for over 200 years and that the land was given to them by the Syiem of Mylliem, Hiremani said that they should be given all the facilities and if the local bodies and state government makes a plan, the commission is ready to sanction the amount from Prime Minister housing scheme.

Citing the Supreme Court verdict of 1972 in which it was directed that the manual scavengers around the country must be rehabilitated by giving them employment opportunity training, education, health and housing facilities, Hiremani said that the issue should have been solved way back in 1972-73 if the state government would have followed the Supreme Court order.

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Nonetheless, he sought from the Meghalaya government the rehabilitation of these Safai Karmacharis by giving them basic facilities like housing, health, education and employment facilities.

He pointed out that Meghalaya is not alone with this problem as similar problems existed in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu but these were resolved amicably.

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