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Shillong: Amid strong opposition by pressure groups in Meghalaya, urging the government not to entertain the demands of Shillong’s Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) demands, Meghalaya Deputy CM Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday said anyone can make huge demands but ultimately the government will decide upon it. 

Speaking with mediapersons, Tynsong said he has already instructed the urban affairs department to speed up the process to prepare the blueprint regarding the relocation of the 342 families residing at Harijan colony at the earliest.

“Once that is done, it will be communicated to the HPC by calling them for another meeting, sit and discuss it,” said Tynsong.

Asked if the conditions made by the HPC sounded reasonable, Tynsong said that anyone is free to make any demands. “Demand can be heaven also, there is no harm …When you want, you can demand anything, but ultimately let us be realistic. I can’t say anything on this until and unless from our end we prepare the blueprint and communicate it to them,” stated Tynsong.

He added whether they like it or not whether it would be acceptable to them or not, from the government’s end, they will work out responsibly towards a permanent solution.

Concerning the opposition from civil societies, Tynsong said the civil society being concerned seeing the demand of the HPC is understandable and said even the stakeholders of the state are equally concerned. 

It may be mentioned that the HPC has agreed to relocate from Shillong’s Punjabi Lane but with certain conditions. The HPC has demanded 200 sq metre plot each and wants the government to bear the construction expenses so that families can reconstruct their individual houses.

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