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Health Care is still unaffordable for BPL families in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad accepted that different parts of the country are facing the problems of shortage of manpower in the Health sector. The Central Government will be increasing the seats for MBBS from 33, 000 to 45, 000 seats and from 13, 000 to 22, 000 seats for post graduate seats across the country by June this year, he said this here in the state capital of Meghalaya.
Azad also informed that the Centre has also sanctioned over 269 nursing schools of which 60 are for the North Eastern states, the state governments of the NE has been able to accept only 39.

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HM’s attempt to bifurcate daily policing and investigation a welcome move

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

After a long struggle, East Khasi Hills District had bifurcated Judiciary from Executive. Other districts will be taken up in phase manner as soon as Judicial Officers are available after mandatory training. This will only reduce the work load of the Executive, and speed up the Legal processes by speeding up disposal of cases pending for years. The proposal of Meghalaya Home Minister, Roshan Warjri on April 1, 2013 to separate investigation from the other functions of the Police is also a long pending demand.
Warjri proposed to have a dedicated team of officers to deal with investigations alone. This is an attempt by the Home Department to ensure greater accountability on the part of the police officers; the Law is expected to be more organized.
As of now, the Investigating Officer has to perform day to day duties, besides writing the case diary and investigation.  In view of dearth of time to complete the case, and the pressure by the higher ups, on many occasion, the innocent have been slump with the charges for crimes committed by others, only to determine the progress of investigation.

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Meghalaya Fire and Emergency Service Act

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As spring season sets in, Meghalaya experiences dry and windy climate, and the burning of forest is still in practice which will create havoc for the Fire Services Department of Meghalaya Police. Although Fire Service week is observed from April 14 to 20 of every year, yet the masses are yet to be sensitized on fire safety.

Last March, Meghalaya Home Department approved the Meghalaya Fire and Emergency Service Act 2012. Meghalaya Fire and Emergency Service are headed by a Director, who will be an IPS officer of or above the rank of Inspector General of Police. Since then, inspection at various governments’s building and educational institutions along with hospitals and financial institutions have been conducted.

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Meghalaya Government mute over reported decline in ‘quality of learning’

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In every Assembly session in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, since the form­ation of statehood till date, the issues regarding poor performances of Education department in the state never misses the discussion table. This 9th Legislative Assembly is no different; Opposition Members are picking on the government regarding the disparities between rural and urban schools; the outcome is the poor performance of students from rural areas in any of the Board examination.
Most of the Board examinations are completed, although practical examinations are still on. Just a couple of months away the declaration of result is expected to be the same.

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As Meghalaya first woman CJ took charge, a women activist gets arrested

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Tuesday morning sent off a gloomy wave in the state, as the news about the arrest of Civil Society for Women Organization (CSWO) President Agnes Kharshiing spread like wild fire. She was arrested at about 6:00 am from her residence following the complaint from Meghalaya Administration Department (SAD) on March 20, 2013 under section 353, 447 and 180 of Indian Panel Code alleging her for creating problem at the entrance to the Secretariat, as she wanted to escort a rape victim along with the victim’s mother to the Media Center inside the Meghalaya Secretariat. Agnes was released on Tuesday evening on bail.

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