The Synjuk ki Nongsynshar Shnong ka Bri U Hynñiewtrep (SNSBH) will seek an audience with Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma to demand official recognition and empowerment for the institution of the Dorbar Shnong.
Speaking to Highland Post, leader of the SNSBH, RL Blah, said that they are waiting for the CM to complete his campaign in Garo Hills before they seek an audience with him on the matter.
The Synjuk has recently maintained that the government has used the Dorbar Shnongs for many purposes, especially in times of difficulties, such as when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its height, but with no financial assistance or official recognition.
Blah said that this one-sided affair, where the government only gives importance to the Dorbar Shnongs when they are needed, cannot continue.
“We are determined to press our demands to empower and give recognition to the Dorbar Shnong because if Nagaland can do it then why not Meghalaya?” Blah said, adding that the CM has given an assurance to the Synjuk that he will meet its representatives once he returns to Shillong.
“If the government of the day has the political will it can be done and no one can deny the great contribution the Dorbar Shnongs made especially during when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak,” he stated.