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Meghalaya amongst least developed states due to administration’s apathetic attitude

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The development of a state is measured in terms of good infrastructure, accessibility of government departments. But in Bhutan, Gross National Happiness (GNP) is the pride of the country to measure happiness as the barometer to determine the success of the administration. Meghalaya is amongst least developed states in India as per the Raghuram Rajan Committee, while recently survey conducted by iForIndia, a website based on a citizen engagement and political accountability initiative to actively involve ordinary citizens, have put Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma as an average Chief Minister. Meghalaya lacks in the field of Health Care, Education, traffic management and worst of all lacks Human Resources hence resulting to collapse of administration mechanism.

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Meghalaya Police unprepared for mob management

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Even with the anticipated crowd for the CSWO and KWAADA- two pro –ILP women NGOs sit- in- demonstration proposed at the Additional Secretariat parking lot that was shifted to students’ field on Wednesday after being placed under Court Arrest, six police personnel, of which five are woman police, received injuries as the activists pelted stones at Mothphran; the situation was brought under control when the CRPF personnel took charge of the site.
In the month of June this year, General public in Tura also went on a rampage due to the outburst of frustration in Wadanang, as the angry mob even assaulted the Medico practitioners and innocent public and set the police vehicle on fire, demanding immediate arrest of the recently sacked Sub-Inspector Nurul Islam who has been on the run after allegedly raping two minor sisters. The fresh attempted rape of a mentally unstable 18 years old girl by five men in Tura turned out to be the breaking point of tolerance as mob went on a rampage forcing the District Administration to impose indefinite curfew in Tura.

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Role of Media in Meghalaya during crisis

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Habitual reading of newspapers or magazine and viewing of local cable channels or radio for local broadcast or clicking the World Wide Web for local events and current affairs have been the house hold activities across the state now. Mass media have now become part of the daily activities. More so the New Media has carved out its own demand in Meghalaya too.
Public announcement system here in the state has been a traditional practice, especially for any important event, government announcement, or some casualty in the locality; the volunteer visits from locality to locality within the jurisdiction making announcement are made by respective durbar.

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Mukul reaffirming no ILP or Statehood for Meghalaya in NIC

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya is under siege due to different degree of unrest in different districts. The developmental works are at its lowest. Business transaction for the upcoming Durga Puja is equal to nil. Tourists are being attacked, resulting to mass cancelation of booking, hitting hard on service and transport industries. Fear psychosis is looming high after four phases of agitation programme called by ten organizations. Yet, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, while participating in the meeting of National Integration Council (NIC) at New Delhi on September 23, 2013, said his government is maintaining law and order with firm hands.

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ILP and statehood demand turning into political games, dividing society

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the citizens in Meghalaya are facing the fourth phase of agitation programmes called by ten Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), known as Pro - Inner Line Permit (ILP) pressure groups and the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC), the multidimensional problems groping up from various quarters is actually diving the society. The contemporary youths are making an attempt to reason out the pros and cones of the ILP and statehood, unlike in the past where entire masses blindly supported the issue raised.
The success of Night Road Blockage, Office Picketing and Bandh cannot be accepted as sanction of the public towards the demand for immediate implementation of ILP in Meghalaya or seeking a new statehood. Most of the shops downed their shutters under duress, while the vehicles vanished from the streets due to failure of the district administration to provide security. The government employees abstained from duty due to unwillingness to risk their life by daring to come out on any office picketing or bandh.

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