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Economic crisis marks the financial year ending for Meghalaya once again

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma government might have made all efforts, by the merger of the Plan and Non-plan expenditure to rationalise its budgetary allocations with a focus on development expenditure and synchronise the budgetary framework with that of the Union Government. Yet he have to present the Budget of 2017-18 with fiscal deficit of Rs 1236 crore which is around 3.8 per cent of the GSDP, while at ground zero, most of the department even during the Financial Year Ending still says that they do not have budget to made payment.
This year, the collection of the revenue is said to be poor, in view of the National Green Tribunal banned on Red-hole coal mining in the state, the state government had last year acknowledged that Meghalaya is facing a huge revenue shortfall due to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on coal mining in the state. The ban had reduced state’s own revenue by around Rs 600 crore last year; hence the government is forced to recover the same by curtailing the Non-Plan expenses to meet the shortfall. Above that with the Change of Guard in New Delhi, the Congress ruled states are the first to feel the heat. Meghalaya, which has been pampered in the past by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, is now forced to generate its own revenue.

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More than renewable energy, government should remove inadequacy and worthless organs of MeECL

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Once Electricity Energy surplus Meghalaya is now eyeing for renewable energy to meet the growing demand for the electricity in the state. According to the State Power Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar informed that the power deficit, has greatly affected the economy and the government has given a lot of thrust towards non-conventional energy which is sustainable as well as eco-friendly.
More than the National Green Tribunal keeping an eye on such proposal, the present of Uranium in the state too could not meet the demand, as most of the pressure groups are opposing the mining of uranium in the state. Hence the state needs to buy from other sources.

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High time Educators should be encouraged for quality publication and research

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In view of the obligation, the educators mainly from the colleges and universities across India are chocking the library with piles of publication, more than the remuneration; it helps in upgrading the individual prospects for promotion and grading. Isn’t such act is yet another wastages of central funds, which could have much beneficial if more writers and research scholars are being encouraged to publish meaningful and useable work for both the students and the society.
Taking a cue from the President of India,   Dr  Pranab Mukherjee, who is advocating for revamping of education system, has stressed on more research and publication works from the teachers rather than depending on textbooks written by others, more so the foreign authors. On the contrary, standards of education system in Meghalaya is in decline, overshadowed by various anomalies from tampering of marks for the appointment of Lower Primary teachers to the appointment of teachers for the premier school of Meghalaya  government and various colleges and universities.

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Education is not affordable for the economically weaker sections in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Minister of School Education and Literacy, Deborah Marak informed the State Assembly during the just concluded last Budget Session of Dr Mukul M Sangma government stated that nearly a lakh children have either dropped out or never enroll in schools in Meghalaya during the past five years even as opposition parties demanded the state government to pull up its socks to address the problem.
Also, while replying to the To a Supplementary raised by Mahendraganj legislator, Dikkanchi D Shira (Congress) on the main causes that led to such problem, the minister pointed economic condition of rural masses, repeated failures, poor infrastructures and others.

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Random development in Shillong endangering public lives

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The fire at a petrol pump, located at the main junction between Nongrim Hills and Rynjah where an oil tanker with over 18,000 liters of fuel was engulfed in flames while it was parked in the premises of the station broke out around 3 PM was put off only by 8 PM, creating panic across the residential area in Nongrim Hills, while the city was choked by a traffic snarl hampering the Fire Brigade which has exposed the poor management during emergency and crisis.
Starting from the site of occurrence, the Fire fighters, which were pressed into action till late evening, were dousing the fire caused by petroleum and water, yes water! The petrol pump had no arrangement of Fire Safety caused by Flammable liquids, petrols and spirits, like the dry sand, or Fire Extinguisher with Foam or CO2 Gas base. The water used had further spread the fire to the streets and the neighboring areas, particularly to the workshop just behind the said pump. More than reprimanding the Petrol Pump for failure to make arrange of Fire Extinguisher, the unprofessional and unpreparedness of Fire Brigade department of Meghalaya Fire Services needs immediate reform, starting from Fire Safety Week coming in the month of April annually.

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