Shillong, Sept 07: GAD Minister AL Hek Friday informed the House that improvement and modifications are being made to the final State Emblem for Meghalaya, which will then be placed before the Cabinet for approval; though he did specify any time frame within which it will be placed.
Hek was replying to the Zero Hour notice raised by Leader of Opposition (LO) Conrad K Sangma (NCP) on the last day of the Autumn Session seeking the status of State Emblem for which a completion was conducted by General Administration Department (GAD), Government of Meghalaya and the result was announced on July 4, 2011 but till date it has not been notified.
Giving a detailed account of the competition process and the current status of the state emblem, Hek informed that in 2007, the Cabinet decided that Meghalaya should also have a State Emblem/ Logo like so many other states in the country. Following the directive of the Cabinet, an open contest was advertised by GAD in local and national newspapers. In response to the advertisement, 123 entries from all over were received by the department.
A Committee comprising Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Commissioners and Secretaries of GAD, Arts and Culture, Information and Public Relations, Tourism and their respective Directors screened the entries. Subsequently, three entries were short listed by the Committee with R Kamtre Sumer, Jowai at first position, Anup Das Gupta, Arunachal Pradesh at 2nd position andÂ Sanghamitra Shan, Kolkata at 3rd position.
With respect to the open contest, GAD gave certificates and cash awards to the shortlisted candidates with the winner being given cash award of Rs 30,000, and the 1st and 2nd Runners up getting Rs 20,000 and 15,000 respectively.
The short listed entries were then presented before the Executive Council/ Cabinet headed by the Governor during the Presidentâ€™s Rule. The Executive Council issued directions for further improvement and modification based on ideas received from the entries submitted by the various artists and creative thinkers.
Accordingly, action was taken to improve and modify the proposed State Emblem, the help of NIC was also sought for computer designing and presentation.
Various components such as clouds, waterfalls, mountains, birds, clouded leopard were also taken into consideration in additional to the ideas already obtained from the open contest.
The proposed State Emblem was again placed before the Cabinet on August 24, 2011. The Cabinet examined the proposal and decided that elements from Logo no. 9 and 18 which consist of mountains, clouds, trees and three birds could be further improved with some aspects to be made bigger and more prominent.
After making the improvement and modifications, the proposal will be placed before the Cabinet again for approval, concluded Hek.