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New Districts Were an Endeavour to Enable Development: Mukul

New Districts Were an Endeavour to Enable Development: Mukul
August 08
13:01 2017

NET Bureau, Saidul Khan

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Monday said that the government has been able to reach out to the people with different welfare programmes of the government and accelerate growth and development in the state.

“In bigger districts, it becomes difficult to reach out to different strata of the society with welfare programmes. The approach toward governance had to be changed, so that we could overcome the challenge and fulfill the aspiration of the people by reaching out to them,” the Chief Minister said, while addressing a gathering at the 5th anniversary celebration of South West Garo Hills district at Ampati.

He said that the newly created four districts in 2012 were accorded special attention to accelerate growth and remove the developmental and economic disparity.


“By bring administration closer to the people we have been able to focus our programme for the people in a better way, which has facilitated that the vision of such programmes have achieved its desired result,” the Chief Minister asserted.

“Even after 45 years of statehood, we still have many villages in the state, where people have to walk for 4-5 hours to reach to the nearest market and unit of governance. Lot of challenges lie ahead for the government, it is our responsibility to spread the tentacles of development beyond the state, district, sub-division, block headquarters,” he said.

He lamented that there were bad roads in many areas of the state and people have to face lot of hardship, which needs to be addressed.

He reminded the gathering that when Meghalaya was a part of Assam, the people of the state were not even fortunate to see their legislators as the population was huge and representation was less.

“We could not even meet our legislators then, but in Meghalaya we have 60 legislators and people can easily meet and access them,” he said while asserting that creation of the state has initiated an era of change and development.

He also reminded the people that India is a “welfare nation” and it is the responsibility of the government to handhold the weaker sections and minorities of the country.

“We need to design programmes to touch the lives of the weaker sections and marginalized section of the society. There should be no rooms for disrespect and communal anger. We have to unite every section of the society and take everyone on board to march for development,” he said.

South West Garo Hills

On insurgency in Garo hills, Sangma categorically remarked that they had posed serious challenges for the peace but the government has been able to work to foster and restore peace in the region.

“If we would have not created a new district, it would have become difficult for the government to tackle insurgency in Garo hills,” he added, while saying that the creation of new districts has enabled police administration to carry out counter insurgency operations in effective manner.

“There are many misguided youth, who still wants to join insurgency. So we are working to create an enabling environment for our youth, so that they are not lured to insurgency,” he added.

Sangma spoke at length on creation of employment in government sector and asked the youth not to loose hope. He reminded that the government has embarked upon initiative for transparent recruitment.

“Opportunities will be created particularly for the youth and they should not loose hope and keep trying for different job spaces which will be made available,” he exhorted.

He explained the meaning of spirit of democracy by elaborating explaining to the gathering as to why militants and alleged criminals are allowed to contest election.

“We have one of the most vibrant judiciary system in the country, where even a terrorist and militant caught red handed is given an opportunity to defend himself quoting Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab,” added Sangma.

He said that unless and until a person is convicted by court of law they could even contest election and stated that is the “spirit of democracy”.

He assured the people that government would continue to create avenues for the youth and vulnerable section to enable equitable growth and development of the society to make the state vibrant and set an example for others to emulate.

He also announced that next week the foundation stone for the Engineering College at Shillong and at Ampati in South West Garo Hills will be laid apart from College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Captain Williamson Technical University in West Garo Hills and College of Science and Commerce in different parts of the state.

He also informed that government has asked renowned Lady Kean College of Shillong to start in different parts of the state and expand its brand and Pine Mount International School at Tura

The grand celebration was attended by sports minister Zenith Sangma, government chief whip Winnerson D. Sangma and a host of other MLAs, MDCs and senior government officials.

Chief Executive Member of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) Boston Marak also echoed on reaching out to different district by expanding GHADC’s unit for administration at the district level.


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