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Sat, 20 Jul 2019

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Sanbor comes down heavily on KHADC for harassing genuine non-tribal traders

Sanbor comes down heavily on KHADC for harassing genuine non-tribal traders
July 12
14:34 2019

NET Bureau

South Shillong legislator Sanbor Shullai has come down heavily on the current Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) dispensation towards issuing of trading license to genuine non-tribal traders.

Shullai said the new regime’s way of issuing the trading license and its renewal are fraught with irregularities and nonconformity with the Trading license Act, which was akin to harassing the traders.

In his letter to the Executive Member in-charge Trade, Paul Lyngdoh during a meeting here on Thursday, Shullai alleged that the licensee during renewal are harassed by asking all kinds of documents such as house owner certificate, NOC from the Syiem of Mylliem, Rangbah Shnong certificate, residential certificate etc.

He however said as laid down in section 3A(2) of the Khasi Hills District (Trading by Non Tribal) Regulation, 1954, it is clearly stated that in case of a license granted, the same shall normally be renewed on application unless there is any complaint or any other consideration which the executive committee thinks fit to call for a report or fresh recommendation from village headman and his durbar.

“Hence, there is no requirement for furnishing fresh documents at the time of renewal except that the licensee has to submit his original trading license and pay the prescribed fees applicable,” he said.

The legislator said that it was also brought to his notice that the application form for fresh applicant for trading by non-tribal traders is not in accordance with the rules while urging the district council to re-examine the matter.

He further alleged that the license is not being issued within the stipulated time and this contradicts the law prescribed by the Acts and Rules framed by the KHADC.

According to him, the receipt issued by the KHADC when a licensee deposits his trading license clearly mentions that the receipt is valid for 10 days and the license has to be collected within the date of issue.

Shullai also stated that the sudden hike in the fee is likely to increase the rate of goods and likely to affect the locals especially daily wage earners and BPL families, adding that the hike in the license fee should be done in accordance with law as per Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

Further, the legislator suggested that the enforcement entrusted with the job should represent themselves in uniform while conducting checking of trading license and they should be accompanied by members of the concerned Dorbar Shnong. This is because the checking of trading license are being carried out by persons who are not authorized by law, therefore confusion is created about the authenticity of the process of checking, he added.

Source: Meghalaya Times

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