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Conrad should rethink about issuance of work permit to Bangladeshis

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As an initiative to resolve the illegal migration, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma mooted the idea of issuing work permit to Bangladeshi nationals to address the challenge of infiltration. Sangma made this proposal to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj when the former along with State Home Minister James Kongkal Sangma and Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh called on her last week. Such proposal ripped up fear psychosis of the pressure groups in the state and other social activists terming it as dangerous idea, where the live example could be witnessed from the immediate neighbouring state like Assam.

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Political Will a must to streamline traffic culture

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The month old Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma is burning the midnight oil since it formed the six party coalition government, be it for the ongoing Budget Session 2018 or mobilizing Central funding for the crash crunched state. Conrad’s cabinet is racing against time to fulfil the mandate of changing Meghalaya and is being lenient to pressure groups, making sure the government is accessible to all sections of the society.
Besides hearing out the pressure groups on the issues of Inner Line Permit to the Education Policy and Mining Policy the Ruling Government was quick to summon the State Police Department to trash out the chronic issues of traffic congestion in the state, while the Shillong Traffic Police personnel are presently cracking down on modified vehicles in keeping with an order passed by the Superintendent of Police (SP), (Traffic), East Khasi Hills (EKH) District, BJ Laloo.  As per the official order, all traffic branches are to detain or compound vehicles including two wheelers which are using LED light bars or other white lights, modified exhaust and silencer pipes or modified pipe mufflers which create a loud noise and which are not original fitments.

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Amidst regional fragmentation, Sushma for NE to boost international links

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet the Chief Ministers of all north-eastern states on May 4 next to discuss trade, connectivity and other issues vis-a-vis neighbouring countries, as India’s eight northeastern states are home to 45.58 million people (2011 Census) and share the country’s border with China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Some of the states have trade ties with some of these countries, especially Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan.
More than taking forward India’s ambitious projects of making the North Eastern region the hub for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, this time the External Affairs Minister is advocating for building up better links not only for sharing information in tackling global terrorism, but also direct trade and commerce with the neighbouring countries with the region. However, there are various policies which demands Central interaction and their solutions are not mentioned.

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Meghalaya should sensitize entrepreneurs to take advantage of NEIDS

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi NEIDS, on March 21, 2018 has approved the North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS), 2017 with financial outlay of Rs 3,000 crore up to March 2020. This is a combination of the incentives covered under the earlier two schemes with a much larger outlay, the Central government is attempting to incentivize primarily the MSME sector through this scheme. Government is also providing specific incentive through the scheme to generate employment in the north eastern region.
According to official sources, through NEIDS the government will provide necessary allocations for remaining period of scheme after assessment before March 2020, also all eligible industrial units, which are getting benefits of one or more components of other schemes of the Government of India, will also be considered for benefits of other components of this scheme.

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Conrad tries impressing MEA with Act South policy to foster relationship with Bangladesh

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In his relay meetings with the Union Ministers and the President of India in New Delhi on April 3, 2018 to brief them about the new initiatives conceptualized by the State Government to push the agenda of growth and development in the State, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma took special efforts to get the attention of Union Minister for External Affairs (MEA), Sushma Swaraj seeking her intervention on Road Connectivity between Bangladesh and Meghalaya and mentioned of the Shillong – Dhaka and Tura – Dhaka routes.
While Sushma stated that the issue would be taken up in North East Chief Minister’s Meet to be held in New Delhi on May 4 next, she also assured that all central assistance would be extended to Meghalaya and other North Eastern states to improve relations with neighbouring nations to enhance trade and cultural ties.

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