Shillong(Meghalaya), June 17: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma assured a Sikh delegation headed by Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal that the State government would take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of Sikhs living at Sweepers Colony in Them Iew Mawlong here.
The delegation of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) met Sangma in New Delhi .
During the meeting, Sangma assured that the State government would come out with an amicable solution to the issue related to Sweepers Colony.
Moreover, during a detailed discussion with Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the chief minister said that the Meghalaya government has set up a high level committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong which would look into the land ownership at Sweepers Colony and come out with an amicable solution on the matter.
Sangma also assured all steps for the safety and security of Sikhs residing at the colony.
Meanwhile, a four-member delegation of the Punjab government is expected to meet Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma later this week to seek adequate steps to protect the Sikh settlers of Sweepers Colony.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to send the four-member delegation to resolve the settlers’ issues.
The delegation, to be headed by Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, would meet Sangma in Shillong.
Ravneet Singh Bittu and Jasbir Singh Gill, both MPs, and Kuldeep Singh Vaid, an MLA, will be other members of the team.
Planning Special Secretary of the Punjab government D S Mangat has been asked to accompany the team.
The move comes amid threats from the HNLC, warning the settlers at Sweepers Colony of dire consequences if they resisted the State government’s attempts to evict them.
Underlining the sensitivity of the issue, the Punjab Chief Minister has stressed the need for careful and amicable resolution of the issue.
It may be recalled that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had on June 13 held a meeting on the issues related to settlers of Sweepers Colony.
The meeting held in New Delhi was attended by Meghalaya Chief Secretary Parmarsan Sing Thangkhiew and leaders of Akali Dal.
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