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Shillong bagging Smart City award only fastens the reckon of Centre-state correlation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

It is indeed a great pride, also the need of the hour - as Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, has been selected as 100th Smart City after evaluating the proposal submitted by it even as the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government of Dr Mukul Manda Sangma had totally given up and refused to contest the fourth round, after being denied all the three times. The announcement on June 20, 2018 selection of 100 cities has been completed under the Smart Cities Mission; the total proposed investment in the finally selected 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission would be Rs. 2,05,018 crores.

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States and Central governments failed to generate employment

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In less than a year, India will once again partake in the world’s largest democratic exercise to form the seventeenth session of Lok Sabha, with the same dynamism - hoping to change the economic condition of the nation and to generate employment avenues. It is also the time where all the grievances of the individual electorate, political indifferences ripped up during the last election campaigning will once again turn into the similar enthusiasm of the last five years, either as political party workers, supporters and some as aspirant candidates, all assuring to create jobs.
The 2014 General Elections to the Lok Sabha witnessed a massive use of social media, and in every campaign, Narendra Damodardas Modi had one common assurance that the youth will be employed, in which he initiated the Make in India campaign, and skill development programmes. However, this has been lackluster due to a lack of resource persons to impart the skills due to the prerequisite conditions of the Central Government and lack of participation of the ill-equipped youths due to poverty.

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Tourism industry most affected by May 31 road skirmish in Shillong

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The problems caused by any breakdown of law and order always affects the farmers, who always feel the first pinch as most of the seasonal perishable produces- vegetables and fruits are simply thrown away or turned into fodder for cattle. The other most affected section in the society comprises the daily wage earners. However the prolonged effects like hysteria hits the tourism industry the most and other sectors of trade and commerce.

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Meghalaya ignored while Modi claims farmer income increasing

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi while interacting with selected farmers from various parts of the country through the Narendra Modi App on June 20, 2018 claims that the income of farmers in India has increased and also doubled in many cases, due to various initiatives taken by the National Democratic Alliance government. He also stated that the central government is working towards ensuring that the income of the hardworking farmers will double by 2022.
Modi justify this claim by saying that this could be achieved as the central government is facilitating proper assistance whenever required. Also his government has ensured facilities such as Soil Health Card, good quality seeds, fertilizers besides electricity, water and markets.

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First divorce of BJP coalition government exposed dominating nature of party

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Thomas Lim
The Bharatiya Janata Party in an unexpected move on June 19, 2018 pulled out of the coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir as the second largest party with 25 legislators in the House of 87 seats. BJP Vice President, Ram Madhav stated that it has become untenable for the party to continue with the alliance government in J&K, while the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, with 28 legislators after tendering her resignation to Governor N N Vohra said PDP did not ally with the BJP for power, but to defend Article 370 and 35A, said that J&K cannot be treated as an enemy state and there is no room for muscular policy.

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