Shillong, May 15 : The Meghalaya government has warned of strict action against anyone who take laws into their own hands in the wake of the health crisis arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In this kind of situation, we are very firm and we cannot allow anyone to take law into their own hands because this is in the interest of the people and the society and whatever we do, we will do in the interest of the people and the state”, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said.
Sangma's statement came after ASHA workers had threatened to boycott their services if their pending dues are not cleared. Moreover, several pressure groups, including heads of traditional institutions and coal miner and dealer associations, threatened to defy the lockdown if the government fails to rescind its order to import coal from Assam to feed cement plants in East Jaintia Hills district.
“ We have already done everything from our side to ensure that this is cleared. We want to ensure that they get their salaries with all the benefits on time unlike before,” the Chief Minister referring to the pending dues of the ASHA workers. He said the government had already decided to clear the pending dues in this financial year, but the government couldn’t carry forward due to COVID-19 pandemic. “We will ensure that in the coming months they (ASHA) get paid monthly,” Sangma assured. (UNI)