Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) secretary Gurjit Singh today accused the State government of pressurising the committee to accept the relocation blueprint prepared by the government.
He also expressed disappointment over the government’s failure to include any of the HPC demands in the blueprint.
Stating that it depends on the government to break the deadlock by calling the HPC for discussion, Singh said, “Unless that is done, the matter will prolong”.
“The court case is still pending and going on for a year now,” he added.
Asked about the blueprint, Singh said that there was just building design whereas basic amenities were not there.
“The way the government has been giving statements is showing us in a bad light which makes the public think that we are not being cooperative,” he said.
Singh also said that this issue is not a one day job. “The government has been saying that by April the settlement will be done and in May relocation will be completed. This is not possible,” he added.
He also said that the current residents staying at Sweepers Colony should be given time to shift to the new site.
“We want to live with honour and dignity at the land of their forefathers and it would be improper to treat us as aliens. The solution to this should be peaceful, amicable, mutual and permanent, without trampling on our fundamental rights,” Singh added.
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