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Centre to accelerate tourism projects for NE, states should adopt professional attitude

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Opportunity knocks just once is a common maxim and this time, the Central government, through Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons has expressed its desire to move beyond the usual cliches about the country and market the wisdom of India by inviting youth from all over the world to embark on a journey of self-discovery in this ancient land. He added the his ministry has taken it up with the Home Ministry two years back and have been repeating the request while pointing out that all these so called remote areas must be made accessible to tourists, subject to restrictions.
Alphons had also met Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma and assured to accelerate tourism projects in Meghalaya. He is also of the view that there is an urgent need to tap the tourism potential of Meghalaya while also creating avenues for the farming community as well as youth to take up entrepreneurial activities.

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Meghalaya among four states failing to apprise SC on waste disposal policy

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma is facing the music resulting from the non performance of the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA-II) government, of Dr Mukul Manda Sangma, first for the failure to appoint the Lokayukta in Meghalaya, then the Water Policy and now the Supreme Court (SC) on March 27, 2018, in the Bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta got annoyed as no Counsel was available with information indicating whether the four states - Meghalaya, Haryana, Jharkhand and Manipur have constituted State Level Advisory Boards in accordance with the Provision of the 2016 Rules.

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VAB beyond the jurisdiction of District Council: Prasad

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Meghalaya Governor, Ganga Prasad on March 27, 2018 has finally returned the KHAD (Village Administration) Bill, 2014 with a message that the same in its present form was found to be beyond the jurisdiction of the Council. He returned the Bill while observing that after careful consideration it has been found that the pitch and substance of the Bill in its present form is beyond the jurisdiction of the District Council which is apparent as per the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs (North East Division) letter dated January 2016.
The Governor, while returning the Bill also said that in view of the Legal and Constitutional validity of the KHAD (Village Administration) Bill 2014, the power of the District Council under paragraph 3 (1) (e), (f), (g) and (j) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India is limited. Therefore, the Council may also like to consider this position while drafting legislation on Village Administration and it is also advised that future proposals be confined to the provisions of the Sixth Schedule.

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Parliament logjam might lead to early Lok Sabha elections

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As Parliament remained paralyzed and no business could take place, even the youth across the nation have expressed their dissatisfaction stating that this has only degraded the country good image earned as the world’s largest democracy. This logjam is not unique to the current session led by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government, even the last government- United Progressive Alliance (UPA) II of Dr Manmohan Singh had faced similar challenges. This time all MPs of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) will resign immediately if Parliament is adjourned sine die without an announcement over the issue of Special Status to Andhra Pradesh, as committed at the time of the state’s bifurcation in 2014.

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Survival skills of Conrad is to mobilize fund for MDA in lightning-speed

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As in the year 2008, as the youngest State Finance Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma managed to present the then State Budget in 10 days. This time as the Chief Minister also holding the portfolio of Finance, he managed to present the first Budget of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) in two weeks time. He presented a Rs 1,150 crore deficit budget for the state even as he expressed his optimism that the total receipts for 2018-19 will improve because of higher shares of Central taxes for the state.
Conrad armed with MBA degree, understand well how difficult to led his MDA government, with an empty state exchequer, on March 23, 2018 made an ambitious move for taking up with the Centre the issue of funding pattern of 90:10 for centrally-sponsored schemes being implemented in the state, which is not in the proposed ratio, especially after the devolution of fund was implemented under the 14th Finance Commission," Sangma told journalists after he presented a fiscal deficit budget of Rs 1,150 crore.

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