Jaintia Hills, the districts know to be blessed with timber and coal, where Mother Nature has showered wealth to the habitants for time immemorial. Hence the ancestors have confined themselves to timber business till the Supreme Court banned timber trade. This got the local populace more aggressive with coal mining, where employing child labour in unscientific rat hole mines hit International headlines.
Just a couple of days back, the state government approved setting up Commission for Protection of Child Rights which is in line with the direction of the union government on the need to protect the rights’ of children.
In any of the industrial estate and the Electrical institution, the very first lesson taught is safety precaution and First Aid. But in practical, as one takes a walk down any street, one can witness houses where balcony is almost touching the overhead lines. Some are just above the tall pine trees or across the congested buildings.
The accident which occurred at Khliehriat on June 27 last could have been avoided if only Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) would have synchronized the Rules and Regulations.
In one of the most shameless behavior by Indian politicians, Parliamentarians are not respecting the national tragedy and involved in vote bank theory through show of competitive politics. The Andhra Pradesh MPs belonging to Congress and Telugu Desam were locked in a scuffle in public view over ferrying 200 rescued pilgrims back to the state.
The embarrassing altercation between Congress MP Hanumantha Rao and TDP MPs Ramesh Rathod and K Narayana, who nearly exchanged blows, came in the presence of TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu over taking the flood victims back home by air. Members of the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had both booked flights to Andhra Pradesh for the evacuees. They fought over whose plane the evacuated people would go home. While there are still thousands of people stranded in different locations and left unattended, it looks like as if because they belong to different parliamentary seats, hence they are not worthy for help; it is considered as total waste of time by such parliamentarians.
Once again Shillong District Jail hit the headlines for the wrong reasons. This time it was for the clashes amongst the Under Trails Prisoners (UTP) involving the detained GNLA Chairman Champion R Sangma and four other prisoners. Wednesday morning, at about 8.15 am in the overcrowded jail a clash broke out among the inmates. In the violent chaos the GNLA leader and four other prisoners sustained head injuries. The jail authority is said to be conducting an inquiry as to how the other UTPs got access to the high security cell where the militant leader is lodged.
Earlier, also involving Champion there were allegation of easy access by visitors and jail official to him, for smuggling in goods and food for his comfort. Also, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) General Secretary, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew had escaped from the same jail and remains untraced for about a decade now. Yet another high drama jail break was committed by Fullmoon Dhar, where Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD) are still demanding for the detailed report.
The unrest in entire Garo Hills either due to atrocities by militancy or vested interest trying all efforts to destabilize the administrative structure, or due to disparities in distribution of government schemes and projects, worst so untapped Human Resources, have all led to total breakdown of democratic structure in the region.
All such under current turbulence have put entire Garo Hills on top of a live volcano situation. The soft target is communal conflict. The recent incident in Tura and Nongal Bibra is just a small leakage from the volatile volcano called ethnic conflicts.
Meghalaya in the past has witnessed communal clashes in East Khasi Hills district between late 1970s to 1991. Due to which most of the non – indigenous people have fled the state. Many are yet to come to terms for the loss of landed properties, business establishment and worst so many have lost their dear ones in the ethnic conflict.