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Demonetisation and eviction woes for the hawkers in Shillong

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the nation is yet to overcome the cash-rush following the demonetization move, the vendors and hawkers in the state capital of Meghalaya - Shillong are facing a double trouble, as the Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Khasi Hills (EKH) district, Peter S Dkhar on November 11, 2016, in keeping with the recent Order passed by Meghalaya High Court has advised hawkers to immediately vacate the footpaths and main roads, failing which legal proceedings shall be initiated against them.
Meanwhile the District Administration, East Khasi Hills District and the Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Shillong Municipal Board, and Shillong along with Magistrates, Police & Officials are already in action, overseeing that the footpaths and main roads are free from hawkers serving the second blow to these hawkers after the first which came in the form of demonetization.
It may be reminded that street vendors or hawkers are an integral component of urban economies globally, very few are legalized and most of them collectively form a very important segment of the unorganized sector, offering easy access to a wide range of goods and services in public spaces. They sell everything from fresh vegetables to prepared food, from building materials to garments and crafts, from consumer electronics to auto repairs to haircuts. However, in some of the unplanned urban civilizations, the limited public space is being encroached upon by the setting up of such commercial activities raising the conflict as to whose Fundamental Right is being violated, the right of the general public to move freely or the right of the vendors and hawkers to earn a livelihood.

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Demonetization has mixed impact on salaried community of Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The nation is yet to come to terms with the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency since November 8 midnight where many are still wondering what has hit them bringing about a situation which is perceived to be worse than what happens during times of war. For the first four days after this historical announcement which was made by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on November 8, almost every individual was left with no legal currency due to the absence of small denomination notes. However, Meghalaya where almost 80 percent of the population is salary base has lesser worries compared to other commercial states of India.
East Garo Hills district police chief, Davies NR Marak claimed that the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is one amongst the banned militant outfits in the Northeastern region of India which has been badly hit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent surgical strike on black money as reports claim that GNLA chief Sohan D Shira is trying to divert terror funds through friends and family members as well as business associates, and the outfit has only about 27 cadres left.

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Demonetization to eradicate black money is ill-planned and unprofessionally executed

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi has shaken the nation, affecting every one of the 1.25 billion people in the country by demonetizing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from midnight of November 8. In fact many who were not glued to the television on the next day said that the shock that this move had resulted in seconds only that generated by the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. The attempt is to clean up the unaccounted income – black money, the growing threat of counterfeit currency and terrorism. The ban was welcomed by as many as 77 percent of the population on the first day, however, due to the ill planned and unprofessionally executed initiative by the government and the banking institution the same has turned into public harassment.

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India is not poor; tax evaders force government to take drastic measures

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The first working day of Banks, Post Office and sub post offices across India witnessed millions of anxious people with bundles of high denomination notes visiting the premises on November 10, 2016 to exchange or deposit them after the government declared them illegal tender. At many places, people had to return disappointed because many banks ran out of cash just hours after opening for the day. But at some places, desperate people kept waiting outside the banks even after they closed for the day with the staff still inside.

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Pope Francis term human trafficking as modern form of slavery

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Pope Francis on November 7, 2016 decried human trafficking and termed it as a modern form of slavery, a true crime against humanity and a scourge which especially affects women and children. The Pontiff was addressing a conference in Rome on human trafficking where he also stressed that one of the most troubling of those open wounds in the world is the trade in human beings, it violates the God-given dignity of so many of our brothers and sisters and constitutes a true crime against humanity.
Pope Francis understanding the issue stressed that such acts are of powerful economic interests and criminal networks were behind human trafficking, a scourge which especially affects women and children, yet most people in the society are indifferent to such suffering thinking that it is an individual misery.

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