SHILLONG: KHNAM youth wing president Thomas Passah told media today that the defense authorities has submitted three proposals to the State Government for fresh acquisition of land. According to Passah and RTI findings the Indian Air Force authorities had submitted proposal for acquire the 18 acres of land belonging to the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department in setting up a disaster management centre and accordingly, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma who is also the president of the board had convened a joint meeting of the Air Force, Animal Husbandry, Revenue department and East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner to discuss on the proposals for acquiring of the 18 acres land.
Opposing the Government’s decision to allow the Eastern Air Command to acquire the 18 acres at Upper Shillong. Passah said that he has also they had also met Dr JS Jyrwa (Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department director) to oppose the same. “According to the director, we are also opposing to the plan of the government to give the land which house the farm of the department to Eastern Air Command. He (director) also informed that we have also raise objection against this move since the department require the land for its various activities,” KSU vice president said.
It also seems that the Government had taken into consideration to allot the land during the plenary meeting of the Rajya Sabha Board (RJB) chaired by Chief Minister which was held on December 4 2014.
Passah also said that the defense authorities had also submitted proposal for acquiring of 10 acres of land for housing within the Cantonmnent area for the Ex-Service men adding that the matter is being closely followed by the Urban Affairs department.
He also said that the Chief Minister however had directed the Air Force authorities may pursue directly with the local headmen of the area for acquisition of the 8 to 10 acres of land at the new Shillong Township for the Air Force Naval Housing Board.
“We will not allow the Government to hand over this land at any cost. We will not hesitate to agitate if the Government does not reconsider its decision,” KHNAM youth wing president said.