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Recruitment must base on merit not by pulling strings

Posted in February 2012

Thomas Lim

The recent result declared by the Meghalaya Police for filling up the 6th MLP Battalion is being contested by Ri Bhoi Youth Federation (RBYF) and amalgamation of all the Headmen from Ri Bhoi District, stating that only 18 from 300 candidates was selected across the district, despite the Youth from this district topping the physical examination also in the written examination.
RBYF had also volunteered to provide land for raising the Battalion in Umran Diary measuring about 300 acres, however, there is no condition for reservation of seats because of land. All they want is one of the MLP Bn be raised in their district as other districts have had their respective share. While special quota for the seats from the district is by default it is expected.
The Headman from Nongpoh proper, Bull Lyngdoh vouches that if the youth is not qualified for the post, they will never apply for it in the first place. Ri Bhoi being the youngest district of Meghalaya as of now, is already facing unemployment problems, when the youth wanted to serve the state, such rejection is only going to demoralized them.

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Post Office can also substitute Treasury work for students and Taxpayers

Posted in February 2012

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Governor, Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary advocated to avail the services of the Postal Department for filing RTI (Right To Information) instead of going to individual departments to receive queries to their question on various government programme or grievances. He was speaking at the inaugural function of North East Philatelic Exhibition held in the city on Monday.
Postal department has opened a platform to exercise your right to information by paying the prescribed fee of Rs 10 which is submitted to the relevant government department and organization, Mooshahary added.

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Rajabagan arson should be an eye-opener

Posted in February 2012

Thomas Lim
The unfortunate incident of arson in Rajabagan village in Byrnihat, along the Meghalaya- Assam border on Saturday has left a bad scar in the history of Meghalaya. The state claimed to be one of the most peaceful states in the North East region. However the undercurrent of mistrust prevails in the society.
Meghalaya Leader of Opposition, Conrad Sangma, rushed to the spot to heal the wounds and demanded that various organizations, especially Non Governmental Organizations in state should screen its members before inducting them. Most of the times in these cases , the sympathizers or the foot soldiers are the trouble mongers, who normally react to mob’s provocation. The district administration in the state must be better equipped to manage mob, especially on sensitive issues.
Meghalaya Home Minister, H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh also paid his visit after Leader of Opposition visited the spot. He had assured compensation to the victims, also ordering  an inquiry into the total amount of assets lost. However, he never stressed on unearthing the cause of arson, except cautioning that the culprits involved will  be booked.
The incident at Rajabagan is not an isolation case in Meghalaya, similar riots had occurred in various parts of the districts. All such incidents end up to be one of the points for political war, while the enquiry just ends in a file to gather dust.  Till date none of the culprits have  been booked nor the case is been solved. The momentary slogans of protest by cross sections of the society normally meets its natural death without any solution.

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Arsons in Assam- Meghalaya border cast shadows on Peace talk

Posted in February 2012

Thomas Lim

Four decades peace talk between Assam and Meghalaya over the border disputes, which had reached the Chief Secretarial level, some constructive solution is being expected before the end of present Meghalaya Assemble lead by the Congress Government. The arsons leading to loss of about 87 commercial stalls and few residences created panic and insecurities at Rajabagan village in Ri-Bhoi district bordering Assam.
Aged old disputes had seen a ray of hope through a historical talk between the Chief Ministers of Assam and Meghalaya held on June 5, 2010, at the Assam Secretariat, Dispur, resolved to constitute a Joint Committee to be headed by the Chief Secretaries of both the states, to formulate a modalities for solving the Inter- States Border disputes which was considered as a positive steps towards the friendly relations between the neighboring states.
The talks was necessitated after the fall out of May 14 Langpih firing incident by the Assam Police killing four persons, and then the fallout in Psiar, Jaiñia Hills District, the talk on June 5 of course is the best healing touch for this fresh incident.  Hopefully, peace and harmony will instill.

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Meghalaya to replicate Bhutan’s formula for Gross Happiness

Posted in February 2012

Thomas Lim

Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma while stressing on state to focus upon asset creation in terms of infrastructure development had spoken volumes, as the 40 years old state has no State of the Art assets to boast off. Till date the agenda in every locality is road, drinking water, health care and education. How does one expect Human Resources to develop under such deficiencies.  
In this era of Globalization one thing is sure, the world has shrunk. The living standards have changed drastically and the cost of living is unimaginable especially for the Middle class citizen, worst so for the Below Poverty Line sector, while the rich are getting richer. The UPA government claimed that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in India expanded 7.7 percent in the second quarter of 2011 over the previous quarter. But due to the price hike in petroleum, the essential commodities prices have sky rocketed.
The situation in India shows that the think tank of the nation never anticipated such situation. Whereas, then Bhutan’s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who opened Bhutan to the age of modernization, soon after the demise of his father, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1972, coined the phrase “Gross National Happiness” to signal his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values.

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