Shillong: Meghalaya urban affairs minister Hamletson Dohling has expressed dissatisfaction over the Punjab Cabinet’s decision to approve Rs 60-lakh compensation for the Sikh people who were affected during the June riots in Shillong earlier this year.
Urging the Punjab government to review the Cabinet decision, the minister said that Meghalaya Government was trying to solve the issue amicably with the affected people.
“We are unhappy with the decision and we request them (Punjab) not to add fuel to the fire,” Dohling said.
Earlier this week, the Punjab Cabinet had approved the proposal for providing Rs 60 lakh as compensation to the Sikh community over the “damage” caused to their properties during the violence in Shillong earlier this year.
Clashes had erupted when a bus driver and his friend had been attacked in the Punjabi Lane area.
“Not a single stone was thrown at the school or the gurdwara during the protest in June,” Dohling said.
A high-level committee headed by Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tyngsong is taking into consideration all aspects of the case, he added.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma will also take up the issue with his counterpart in Punjab.