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Guwahati: Lift curbs to enter Garo hills says Goalpara traders | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: Assam-based transporters, traders and a number of socio-economic organizations in Goalpara district have requested the Meghalaya authorities to raise all curbs to enter the Garo hills.
The influential Aasu, AAMSU, ABSU, traders and transporters affiliation had deliberate to stage a dharna at Goalpara city on Monday, demanding the Meghalaya authorities to raise all entry curbs into Garo Hills. However, they postponed the stir on the intervention of the Goalpara district administration.
Talking to TOI, Goalpara deputy commissioner Varnali Deka mentioned, “We have taken up this issue with our counterparts in Meghalaya. They are reviewing it. We are trying to find ways to resolve the issue.”
Sadou Asom Goria Moria Deshi Jatiya Parishad on Saturday submitted a memorandum to the Meghalaya authorities to withdraw the restrictions and permit the widespread individuals to enter Meghalaya in order that they will run their enterprise with none problem. “Had commercial vehicles like goods carriers and passenger carriers been allowed to enter your state, then it would have helped these people to sustain their livelihood. Would you please help these small business owners financially/one time grants to re-establish their business,” the memorandum addressed to Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma mentioned.
The North Garo Hills district shares a protracted porous border with Assam and is the entry level to the area.
Animul Hoque Choudhury, president of Goalpara district Aamsu, mentioned, “While movement from the Garo Hills region into Assam is allowed, the same is not maintained when it comes to entry into Meghalaya from Assam. During the pandemic, hundreds of people had left Meghalaya and are now unemployed. But as the impact of the pandemic has reduced, small traders want to return to resume their business.”
However, West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Ram Singh instructed TOI there isn’t a restrictions or discrimination in motion of individuals. “I am in touch with Varnali Deka and she will hold discussions on Tuesday. It is mainly the transporters from Goalpara district that ply commercial vehicles to the Garo Hills who want the lifting of all restrictions.
But it is just not possible at this time. We have put Covid restrictions for everyone. Both Assam, as well as citizens from Meghalaya who enter from Assam, have to follow guidelines. It is a uniform approach,” Singh mentioned, including the Meghalaya chief secretary has been briefed concerning the problem.

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