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Prompt response of state government to GNLA clarification

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya government for once was prompt to give press statement on ground reality on Power supply in the three districts of Garo Hills claiming that it is also a serious concern of the Government”. However, the facts and figures only show the pathetic condition of power in the state, especially in Garo Hills districts.
Less than 24 hours of the clarification, Garo Hills was plunged into darkness on Tuesday by evening. The reason - problem in Nongstoin power station; only to once again ignite the already furious public.
However, most of the projects mentioned are either a non-starter or have been pending for almost three decades. Garo Hills have experienced black out for more than 100 hours at a stretch. Due to the topography, changing of transformers have taken six months long, yet the employees of Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) were working day in and day out.
The employees posted in Garo Hills, not only have to work  under duress due to the Law and Order situation, even the Headquarters in state capital is ignoring the difficulties faced by the subordinates. This had frustrated many employees yet they performed their respective duties religiously, hence, the kidnapping of the two MeECL officials, Assistant Executive Engineer of Rural Electricity Corporation (REC) of MeECL, Apus Pohtmi based at Tura; and Junior Engineer Boney Majaw is not justified!

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GNLA resorts to setting ablaze houses of surrendered

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
The action of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) activists in claiming compensation from the parents of the surrendered cadres, on the arms and ammunition they carried along as means to prevent further attempt to come back to mainstream, failing to meet with the demand, houses of the surrendered parent is being set ablaze. Fear psychosis is definitely being sent across; however it is the duty of the state government, especially the Home Department to provide protection to such parents.
Every successive government had opened the door for negotiation to such misguided youth as the Politician would prefer to refer them. “Safe passage” was also worked out for the militants in Khasi Hills, all have been turned down.
There are also negative reports regarding the Package offered to the Surrendered, either it is too meager or yet to be worked out, keeping the faith of the youths who wanted to come back to the mainstreams hanging. It is time constructive Package which will also include the security of the family members of the surrendered is worked out.
On Friday evening at about 8:30, GNLA activists’ burnt the house of Surrendered GNLA, Sonaram R. Sangma’s mother in Garo Hills, although the Police department assured the victims all assistance to rebuilt the house comes as a relief to the victim, sense of security however is yet to be secure for others.
Remaining parents of the surrendered, mostly innocent villagers in Garo Hills are now demanding security, because one more houses is in the hit list of the GNLA, which also means many more will follow.

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GNLA does it again by keeping govt employees as ransom

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim

This is the third time that Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has kidnapped government employees as ransom within the span of less than two years. This time Assistant Executive Engineer of Rural Electricity Corporation (REC) of MeECL, Apus Pohtmi based at Tura and Junior Engineer Boney Majaw are held captive. Earlier another Junior Engineer Marshal R Swer too was kidnapped, but released soon after.
This time GNLA had just given seven days for the state government to justify why Garo Hills, especially the rural areas have been neglected in terms of electrification. The rural areas are still in the dark, while the electrical supply in the urban areas is also not satisfactory.
The GNLA also took this opportunity in warning the PWD for the poor road connectivity in the next list.
The first to fall prey to the threat of GNLA was East Garo Hills District Transport Officer (DTO) R Syngkon, he was kidnapped from his official residence at Williamnagar on September 30, 2010. He was released unharmed after keeping him hostage for 55 days. He has resumed his services. This was the first warning by the outfit calling all the government employees to shun corruption.

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Patriotism too now needs motivation in India

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
India just celebrated the 63rd Republic Day on Thursday. While the National Capital- Delhi is observing the Centenary year as the Capital of India, yet Delhi missed the trail of “jhankis” – tableaus which is always a part of the grand Republic Day Parade. Beside Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu have been left out this year. While West Bengal, after a period of 12 years, this time had displayed its spiritual town Shantiniketan which has been the centre of the universal education of poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore. 
This Year, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra became the third consecutive leader from South East Asia to be the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day parade. This is only the second time in over five decades that a woman head of state or government is the Chief guest. Queen Elizabeth II was in India in 1961 as chief guest.
Meghalaya along with other North Eastern region states was marked by bandh on such victorious day of the Nation. The point to ponder is how patriotic are we as an individual. Does singing the National Anthem makes one feeling proud. Will the song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon “ first sang by Lata Mangeshkar can still bring in tears like it did to Pt. Jahawarlal Nehru? How many times in a year one feel like to scream out “Jai Hind”!

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Khasi traditional dress adjudged Best Traditional attire in North East

Posted in January 2012

Thomas Lim
In recently concluded Season 3 Mega Mr. North East 2012, biggest manhunt of the region, Shillong lad- Shyam Pradhan begged the first prize in the Sub Title Award for Best Traditional Round. The main Title- 3rd Mr North East is also begged by yet another Shillong lad – Raja Ghosh. Both of them represented the state they were born and grown up with – Meghalaya. But are the citizens of the state aware of such pride which both the young men brought back home? Everyone here is ignorant of the hard work both the contestants put in, as they participated the Contest solely self sponsors, held in Kohima (Nagaland) on January 24, 2012.
On the same stage, Johny Marak begged the Second Runners Up Tile, but he represents the state of Assam.
Strangely it takes Pradhan and Ghosh to place Meghalaya on the top in the region biggest Manhunt, while Marak glorifies the state of Assam. This is truly Integration!
So also in the National Platform for Bodybuilding – Mr India. Three times winner of Mr Meghalaya Vikash Singh Chauhan is keeping the flag of Meghalaya high in the National level, for him too is always self sponsored.
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma in his Statehood Day message pointed out that if there is any unrest in the society, it means discrimination persists. What will the Chief Minister say about just three out of uncountable of silent contribution by the citizen of the state which are unnoticed by the authorities concerned. How does one expect to tap the Human Resources in the state?

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