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Mon, 10 Dec 2018

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Meghalaya Government Would do Whatever to Protect Identity of Its People, Land and Youths: Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya Government Would do Whatever to Protect Identity of Its People, Land and Youths: Conrad Sangma
April 13
17:13 2018

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday told the opposition Congress to come out of its election mode and stop politicking and blowing out of context the idea to issue work permits to Bangladeshis.

Replying to a short discussion under Rule 50 of the procedure and business of the House, Sangma said, “The State Government would do whatever necessary to protect the identity of the people, its land and youths.”

He was replying to the concerns raised by Opposition Congress over his recent statement that an idea was mooted to issue work permits to Bangladeshis.

Explaining the context under which this idea of issuing work permit to Bangladeshis cropped up, he cleared, “It came up during my recent meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi while discussing the Act East Policy. It was just an idea not a formal proposal. The media and opposition have blown it up. In a democracy everyone is entailed to their own views and ideas.”

Slamming Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma for saying that the Chief Minister was acting like a pawn in the hands of Central leaders, Sangma termed it as an immature remark, “Let’s not give election speech in the House.”

“Before partition, Northeast had the highest per capita income in the country as the region was involved with trade with countries such as Myanmar, China, Bangladesh and other countries,” he reminded.

Emphasising that opening up of Chittagong port would bring in economic prosperity to the region, the Chief Minister said that currently goods like rubber are not allowed to be exported from North East, but through Kolkata. “Act East Policy has the potential to change these bottlenecks and usher in socio-economic development in the region and Shillong-Guwahati can well become the International hub for at least seven ASEAN countries.”

He further informed the House that a meeting of Chief Ministers would be held in New Delhi on May 4 and Members can feel free to give their ideas and opinions on the subject, which could be taken forward.

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