KHADC to take action against illegal liquor shops

Now, dajus will have to obtain labour license

SHILLONG: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has decided to put a stop to all illegal liquor shops operating in Iewduh and also to make it mandatory for all porters (dajus) to register and obtain labour license from the council.

The decision to this effect was arrived at a meeting between KHADC CEM Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit and Syiem of Mylliem Latho Manik Syiem in the presence of the Executive Members (EMs) of the Council and Myntris (officers) of the Hima held on the KHADC premises here on Monday.

“Besides the registration, all porters ferrying goods in Iewdh will be given uniforms and badges. All the non-tribal porters will also have to obtain labour license from the Council,” Basaiawmoit said after the meeting.

Further, the KHADC has also taken a strong exception against illegal settlers who have made the market their residence. Basaiawmoit said, “We will ensure that such illegal settlers are evicted since the market cannot be allowed to be used for any residential purposes.”

The KHADC CEM informed that the district council will write to the Shillong Municipal Board on the need to re-position water pipes and it will also identify areas where public toilets and dustbins will be constructed.

The meeting further decided to abolish levying of taxes for goods less than 50 kg and prevent middle men from taking 1kg from every 10kg of goods sold in the market.

The KHADC and Hima Mylliem also agreed in principles to jointly take up measures to restore the past glory of the oldest traditional market — Iewduh. “We have decided to jointly take up various measures to revamp and improve the surrounding of the market, Basaiamoit added.

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