The FKJGP Malki circle yesterday conducted their own drive for trading licence as part of their demand to implement Inner Line Permit in the State.
President of the FKJGP Malki circle, Wilfortis Lyngdoh Mawphlang informed that during the drive which began from near St. Peter’s School, Dhanketi to Barik more than 50 business establishments were closed for not possessing valid documents including trading licence.
The FKJGP leader said that the business establishments did not only have valid trading licences but also did not possess No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Dorbar Shnong.
“Their excuses were that due to the COVID-19 situation the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) was not taking up the renewal of licences,” he added.
However, he pointed out that there were other business establishments that had updated their documents.
Lyngdoh Mawphlang also said that it was the duty of the Shnong to ensure that these business establishments possess proper NOCs.
On the other hand, Khraw Lynshing, organising secretary of the FKJGP Malki circle urged the KHADC, to conduct regular inspections to ensure that the business establishments have proper documents.
“Don’t just wait for the pressure groups to conduct such a drive. This is the job of the KHADC,” Lynshing said.
He also said that the Dorbar Shnong should ensure that if an indigenous person can carry out business he should be given the opportunity to do so instead of giving to a non-indigenous person.