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General masses in Meghalaya lack sense on social issues

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The citizens in Meghalaya are known to be socially conscious people. Especially during feast or mourning of the acquaintance, at least a member of the family participation is expected and assumed to be compulsory. Also any aspirant politician steps into the arena of politics via such occasion(s). But when it comes to social issues, the similar crowd seen in the house of feast or mourning gets fragmented. The social responsibilities are considered as the business of others and not self. It is strange how the legislators, Civil Societies, Pressure Groups and others claim to be acting on behalf of the masses.
To begin with, no individual household came out to protest against the supply of contaminated drinking water. Even it has been admitted on the Floor of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that out of 31 sources for drinking water, 28 are not fit for human consumption. The muddy water with earthworms, human hair and others foreign bodies coming out from water tap, are all considered the business of others and not self.

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Security lapses in Secretariat uncover flaws in recruitment policy

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Main Secretariat has always come to the limelight for easy access. Unlike Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati, where even the passerby are being observed by the security forces. Here in Meghalaya anyone can walk through the secretariat premises as short cut. After the installation of Access Control System (ACS) since last year, few incidents of displeasure from the NGOs activists came to fore after being prevented to enter the building, this time is none other than the elected member from Chokpot Assembly Constituency, Clifford Marak who was prevented by the Secretariat Security Staff from entering.
The point to ponder here is not about the stringent security measures, or about the Security Staff failing to recognize the Members of NGOs or this time the Legislator, it is more about the performance of the security staff in Meghalaya.
Recently the demand for security in both private offices and homes are high. There are just two private companies who supply such manpower on monthly basis. Home Guard also has such provision on demand.

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Assam-Meghalaya border trade most welcome, confidence building should follow

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As a temporary arrangement, border haats will be opened for vegetable vendors from Dhubri, Mankachar and Haatsingimari of the Assam-Meghalaya border; this was the outcome of a joint meeting between North Tura Legislature N R Marak, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi, Haatsingimari SDO (Civil) R C Malakar and NGOs and Civil Societies from both Garo Hills and the surrounding areas of Dhubri, Mankachar and Haatsingimari of Assam.
On the return of laborers the meeting unanimously decided that they were free to come back and work as long as they registered themselves with competent authorities on entry into Garo Hills. The labourers had fled Garo Hills after the June 21 incident.

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Garo Hills needs special development schemes not combating operation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the Curfew in West Garo Hills district was lifted after about 23 days, simultaneously the economic blockade called by the people from Mankachar and Hatsingimari was withdrawn. This comes as a breathing space for the citizens in entire Garo Hills which have been under tremendous pressures from all fronts to uphold peace and tranquility. In general, every individual thirsts for overall development despite the ongoing combat operations in the district to flush out arms struggle by section of the society.
Garo Hills has given the 41 years old state four Chief Ministers, namely Captain William A Sangma ( April 2, 1970 to March 10, 1978. Second term from April 2, 1983 to February 6, 1988). Purno Agitok Sangma (February 6, 1988 to March 26, 1990) Salseng C Marak (February 19, 1993 to March 10, 1998). Dr Mukul M Sangma (April 20, 2010 to March 5, 2013. His second term started from March 5, 2013 till date). The only Chief Minister to have completed a full five years term – Salseng C Marak hails from Garo Hills.

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Meghalaya lacks visionary leaders to take the state forward

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The 41 years old Meghalaya is moving backwards in terms of development and progress. The state is yet to find a place in the map of both Air and Rail connectivity. The existing road connectivity was laid by the British rulers, except few expansion and maintenances; successive state governments have failed to explore further. The depleting surfaces and unprofessionally managed traffic have slowed down the economic growth. Meghalaya after ninth General Elections to the state assembly is yet to spot out the Architect to transform Meghalaya.

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