Closure order on account of CM’s programme draws flak

Williamnagar, Oct 12: The Williamnagar Municipal Board (WMB) was forced to modify an order that had earlier directed all shops in the town to remain shut during the period of a foundation stone laying ceremony to be attended by Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma tomorrow.
Earlier the WMB had issued an order directing shops to shut between 11 AM to 1 PM, something that did not go down too well with local residents who questioned the motive of the order. The order was signed by the CEO of the WMB.
“What right does the WMB have to force shops to shut down for a program for the CM. This is unprecedented in the state. IT just shows the extent to which some officers are willing to go just to please those in power. The order is arbitrary and will only hurt poor locals,” said Williamnagar resident, SN Marak.
Immediately after the order was issued, social media went agog on the issue and began to question its legality. Most social media users lambasted the WMB CEO as well as the district administration on the issue and sought immediate answers.
Meanwhile, the matter was raised to the Deputy Commissioner of the district, Swapnil Tembe, who immediately took it upon himself to seek the veracity of the order issued.
The order was later modified this evening, this time requesting the presence of shopkeepers during the program, instead of demanding the same through shutting shops.