Shillong, May 31 : The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) and Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Sunday has strongly opposed the Meghalaya government’s decision to allow private firms and contractors to hire highly skilled labourers from outside the State amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We strongly opposed the decision of the government to grant special permission to migrant labourers for working in the state,” FKJGP president Wellbirth Rani said.
“If the government is allowing outsiders to enter the state, the federation will deploy its volunteers to check outsiders entering the state,” Rani said, urging the government to rescind its decision. Echoing the FKJGP, the powerful KSU has asked its activists across the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region in the eastern part of Meghalaya to be more vigilant in view of the government’s decision to bring migrant labourers from outside into the state.
“We cannot entertain such a decision of the government,” KSU president Lambokstar Marngar said urging people of the state to refrain from bringing migrant labourers in the interest and safety of the state and its people. The KSU also urged the government to reconsider its decision on allowing migrant labourers to come and work in the State. On Friday, the State government has allowed private firms and contractors to hire highly skilled labourers from outside the State but on condition that they should for special permission from the respective Deputy Commissioners to allow entry of migrant labourers. (UNI)