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MSPB to seek consultant advice for resolving traffic congestion in the state

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya State Planning Board (MSPB) Chairman, Lambor Malngiang has proposed to take the services of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a study to come up with a solution in resolving the problem of traffic congestion in the state’s capital. The 9 members study team on April 24, 2018 in a meeting had taken cognition of the chronic problem of traffic jam, which has become a major issue in the town as informed by Special Advisor and Senior Consultant of the PADECO, (a study team of JICA), C Kuranama. The team will analyse and accordingly submit a report to JICA.

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Meghalaya among NE states asked to digitize PDS system

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Union Food and Public Distribution Department Director D.K. Gupta on April 23, 2018 has set a deadline for the North Eastern states to ensure the Digital Transformation and Automation of PDS Operations. Addressing a two day workshop in Tripura, he had also said that the Central government had asked all the northeastern states to complete digitisation of ration cards and computerisation of PDS by June this year.
Gupta added that after the digitisation of ration cards and computerisation of PDS, transparency and performance of the government-sponsored food supply system will improve and various fraudulent acts and falsification will be curbed.

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Death penalty to child rapists can change the habit, what about mindset

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In the wake of outrage over the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu & Kashmir, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 21, 2018 approved an Ordinance to allow Courts to pronounce the death penalty plus to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age. The Criminal Law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes to death.
It may be reminded that existing provisions of the POCSO Act provide for life imprisonment, though after the Nirbhaya case in 2012 the Centre had introduced the death penalty in cases where a woman either dies or is left in a vegetative state after rape.

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Jharkhand government raises penalty bond for doctors, Meghalaya yet to react

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Thomas Lim
In an attempt to improve the condition of medical services in Jharkhand, the government has made it mandatory for doctors to work in the state for three years after Post Graduation from state-based medical institutes. A Health department official informed on April 19, 2018, the action was necessitated as the state is facing an acute shortage of doctors and a large number of government hospitals are functioning on 40 to 60 per cent of their actual strength.
The shortage of doctors in Jharkhand is seen in many other states in the nation where Government sponsored doctors refused to serve the state after completion of studies. The Raghubar Das cabinet gave its approval to the new directive on April 18, 2018, that any student studying Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Jharkhand-based medical colleges will have to work for three years in the state. Earlier, the time limit was one year. If anyone fails to provide three years of service, a fine of Rs 30 lakh will be levied.

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James seeks support to fight against drug menace

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Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Home Minister, James Kongkal Sangma made an earnest appeal to solicit the support of all in state government to combat the menace of drugs in the state. He said that the police are doing a commendable job by conducting raids and that they have successfully seized different kinds of drugs from all over the state. James took the opportunity to solicit this support while replying to the Call Attention motion moved by Congress MLA from Mawlai Process T Sawkmie during the Budget Session 2018-19.
Sawkmie had earlier expressed concern about the porous International Border with Bangladesh and according to him, drugs have become a silent killer which destroy the families and society as well.

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