SHILLONG/TURA, Aug 11: All branches of SBI in Meghalaya remained closed on Monday while hundreds of employees of State Bank of India (SBI) staged a silent peace rally to protest and demand immediate release of bank employee Subodh Kumar Mishra who was kidnapped by armed militants from Gasuapara branch in Garo Hills on August 5 last.
The silent peace rally started from Dhanketi and concluded at SBI Shillong main branch organized by the SBI Officers’ Association. During the rally, they asked militants to “stop making SBI employees’ soft targets for demands”.
All the 110 SBI branches in Meghalaya, including 41 branches in Garo Hills region, remained closed on Monday as part of the state – wide strike of the bank employees who also demanded the state government to provide security and safe working environment for them.
TURA, Aug 11: Job holders working under the payroll of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) have decided to go on a two-day strike from Tuesday onwards over the nonpayment of dues for the past four months. The Council which last paid salaries to its employees way back in the month of March has been riddled with protests over the salaries that it is supposed to pay.
TURA, Aug 11: After the furor over the ‘Codification of Garo Customary Law’ attempt made by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), the NGOs of East Garo Hills (EGH) including the GSU, AIGU, FAF, Mothers' Federation, WGCSU, ICFS, AYF and ASCOT met the CEM, Alphonse A Sangma at his residence to convey their apprehension of the Bill in question. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to the Chief Executive Member (CEM) on Saturday at his residence in Dakopgre in Tura.
The NGOs have demanded the scrapping of some sections of the Bill to ensure non - tribals were not given a free hand in becoming a Garo through the laws.
SHILLONG, Aug 10: Questioning who is Dr Mukul Sangma to oppose the demand for a separate Garo state, Former Lok Sabha Speaker and incumbent MP from Tura constituency Purno Agitok Sangma Sunday asserted that a Chief Minister has no jurisdiction over demand of separate statehood.
Speaking to reporters here, the National People’s Party (NPP) Chief said, “Where is the question of having a dialogue on the bifurcation of the state with the Chief Minister, who is he, he has no jurisdiction… it is the power of the Centre government, it is the power of the parliament to create new states and to reorganize new states… Chief Minister has nothing to do with this.”
SHILLONG, Aug 11: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) Monday asked government to immediately roll-back the recent fare hike for Shillong Public Transport Service (SPTS), Shillong Special Public Transport Service (SSPTS) and Shillong Supplementary Transport Service (SSTS) run by Meghalaya Urban Development Authority (MUDA).
In a letter to Urban Affairs Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh, FKJGP President Joe Marwein said, “The increase in the fare by 100 per cent of the existing rate is unjustified and unreasonable. This is going to have a severe impact on people who depend on this public transport service to commute from one part of the city to another, students and poor families.”
SHILLONG, Aug 10: Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Sunday called for 48-hour bandh to protest NGT’s ban on rat-hole coal mining and boycott the Indian Independence Day in Khasi – Jaintia Hills.
The bandh will be effective from 6 PM of August 13 to 6 PM of August 15.
In a press communiqué issued on Sunday, HNLC Publicity Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw informed, “The total shutdown will commence from 6 pm of August 13 to 6 pm of August 15.”
He explained the shutdown on August 13 and 14 is being called to protest against NGT’s ban on coal mining which has affected the livelihood of the people, and August 15 will be a sign of protest against the policy of the Government of India in forcing the signing of the Instrument of Accession and annexed Agreement on August 17, 1948, at gunpoint.
Shillong/Tura, Aug 10: The State Bank of India (SBI) Officers Association SBI Staff Association has decided to call for a strike on Monday across the state to demand safe release of the kidnapped SBI employee, Subodh Mishra, from near Chiringpara in South Garo Hills. Mishra still remains untraced even after 6 days of his kidnapping by 6 armed militants allegedly belonging to ASAK.
The closure of the banks comes after a protest rally held by the Bankers’ Club in Tura on Saturday to demand the safe release of Mishra. On August 5, Subodh Mishra was abducted by six unidentified gunmen while he was proceeding towards Barengapara in West Garo Hills on his motor bike after discharging his duty for the day.