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Does Meghalaya really care about its Water Resources

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is known to the outside world as the wettest place on earth receiving world’s heaviest rainfall, while the ground reality is that even in Cherrapunjee the scarcity of drinking water is high.
In the state, out of 31 sources for drinking water, 28 of them have been declared as not suitable for human consumption. This was revealed through last session of state assembly; strangely till date neither the government authorities not the general public ever came out to demand for purification of drinking water or come out to create awareness on how to protect and preserve our water sources.

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MUA-II vision for Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The first Budget of newly elected Meghalaya United Alliance II (MUA II) headed by Dr Mukul M Sangma is yet another deficit budget that stands at Rs 526 crore for 2013 – 14. This was Dr Sangma’s fourth consecutive Budget in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. This time few noticeable attempts to change the style of functioning of the state government are made. Most beneficial is the Education sector as their Grant in Aid for teachers have been enhanced.
In the last budget, Dr Sangma stressed on ‘Health for All’, it is only this time Health and Family Welfare department ensured availability of essential and life saving medicines to the poor. He stressed that government will adopt a policy of procuring generic medicine to increase availability of free medicine and to made it sustainable in all Health centres in the state.

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Meghalaya Entrepreneur facing hardship of authority while outsiders run Fraud Companies

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya Police have done a commendable job in cracking down a Silchar based Kiron Jyoti Project and Developers Private Limited having their office at Dhankheti, near LIC office, for allegedly defrauding local people of about 20 lakhs rupees belonging to 150 depositors especially those from unorganized sectors.
Police have arrested three persons in this regard. They were identified as Biswajit Chakravarti of Silchar, Nupur Barua of Jail Road and Malsawui Ralte of Mawpun. While the Company’s Directors Shahi Alam Bharbhuya and Abdul Ahadraj Bharbhuya of Silchar area are absconding.

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Rural teacher grades students by stones collected from river

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The ground reality highlighted by Independent legislator from Gambegre in West Garo Hills, Saleng A Sangma, about the pathetic status of rural schools, where teacher do not take classes throughout the year is shocking. As the time comes for promotion, the students are asked to collect stones from river bed; the one who collects the most gets highest marks. Such action not only shocked the members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, but every individual in Meghalaya was put to shame for this particular action.
Sangma was participating in the motion moved by NPP legislator Nihim D Shira on ‘style and functioning of education department in the state of Meghalaya’ during the ongoing Budget Session on Tuesday.

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9th Meghalaya legislative Assembly setting various records

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The Meghalaya Legislative Assembly is well known as the House with highest standards of debates. The Assembly had also put on records to have had a jumbo size cabinet with 42 ministers in the House of 60. The newly installed 9th Legislative Assembly is functioning without any Leader of Opposition. Meghalaya Peoples Forum (MPF), a conglomeration of smaller parties and Independent MLAs in state’s Opposition bench, was denied due recognition by Meghalaya Speaker AT Mondal on Monday.
 Meghalaya has been setting many trends in democracy for other states including Parliament, particularly the first coalition government in Meghalaya on March 1, 1978, where the biggest political meetings were held in the state. It was on that day at a public meeting that the APHLC with 16 MLAs – HSPDP (14), PDIC (two) and the JNU with one nominated MLA – were forced to form a coalition government in order to prevent the Congress which had a strength of 20 MLAs in the Assembly to form a government under the banner of MTYU (Meghalaya Tribal Youth Organisation).

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