Led in person by its Chief Executive Member, Pyniaid Sing Syiem, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) carried out a spot inspection of the trading licences of non-tribal shopkeepers in the Byrnihat area and sealed 46 establishments that were found wanting in terms of paperwork.
KHADC executive members and licensing officers, as well as members of two pressure groups, accompanied Syiem on the inspection.
Shops were checked from Byrnihat up to Khanapara. During the operation, numerous non-tribal-owned establishments were found to be conducting business without the requisite trading licences and valid documents from the KHADC.
Speaking to the media following the inspection, Syiem underscored the importance of the operation. He stated that today’s inspection aimed to address the rampant illegal establishment of businesses operated by non-tribals. The surprise inspection was prompted by information indicating that many non-tribal enterprises were operating without the required trading licences and other documentation.
The CEM also announced that further surprise inspections would be conducted in the coming days.