As the biting cold reached its crescendo in Meghalaya, also symbolizing towards the culmination of winter, keeping the rising tension of the commoners not only how to fight the cold, but how to meet the demands of the school as the winter vacation nears its end. The annual business of the schools through the sale of books, uniforms, and other accessories are the actual nightmare for the economically weaker sections of the society.
Terming it as populists move, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has decided to dedicate its services for the upliftment of the poor, and termed the year 2014 as ‘The Year of the Poor’. The council publicity secretary stated that this is the beginning of the year and most of the poor people are preparing for the educational needs of their children including schools and colleges. It has come to the notice of the Council that various book retailers are engaged in manipulating the prices of books by starting of February every year.