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Conrad pinning hope on enforcement machinery to realise higher revenue under GST

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The first Budget of Rs 1150 crore deficit presented by Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by the National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma has no enhancement of tax, but is taking measures to strengthen the enforcement machinery to realize higher revenue under Goods and Services Tax (GST), grant mining lease to minor minerals to generate revenue from royalty. The Finance Minister, who is also the Chief Minister also hopes that with the recent relaxation on sale of liquor will further enhance the collection which was witnessed with slightly improved  revenue collection during the past one year.

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Mandated Philanthropy and CSR failed to deliver in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
India is now into the fifth year of its unique experiment of legally binding companies to be socially responsible, as an attempted push by the government to solve the nation’s most challenging social problems which was based on the idea that the corporate sector will come up with transformative solutions that will scale up impact across the country. But in most cases, it was found that due to poor execution of the projects and lack of strategic planning, innovation and experimentation and the lack of engagement by businesses failed to yield the expected high-impact results. It is important for businesses to understand the challenges faced by the citizens to make a meaningful impact.

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MDA government needs to focus on maintaining Law and Order in state

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The successive break down of Law and Order across the state should be the wakeup call for the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government led by National People’s Party (NPP). The citizens of Meghalaya are now getting used of peace and harmony for a decade; even an incident of stones pelting will break the confidence of the general masses. State Home Minister, James Kongkal Sangma needs an iron fist to boost his department, if the image of the peaceful states is to retain.
The suspected murder of prominent Right to Information activist Poipynhun Majaw, who exposed misappropriation of public funds in the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) in Meghalaya, according to the Deputy Inspector General of Police A R Mawthoh, the body of Majaw, who was the President of Jaintia Youth Federation (JYF), was found on March 20, 2018 morning near a bridge in Khliehriat, the district headquarters of East Jaintia Hills. He was last seen riding a motorcycle near the East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner’s office on the previous night.

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Meghalaya: A non-starter in entrepreneurship development

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Thomas Lim
The latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report on India for the financial year 2016-17 claims that the perception about entrepreneurship is on the rise in India due to the central government’s policies such as Make in India, Startup India, Stand up India, Skill India and Digital India which are making India a favourable destination for doing business. The report showed an increase in the rate of entrepreneurial intention to 14.9 per cent compared to 9 per cent in 2015-16, while simultaneously the fear of failure rate decreased from 44 per cent in 2015-16 to 37.5 per cent in 2016-17.
The report revealed that a comparison of India with its peers in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) economies suggests that perceived opportunity is the highest and perceived capability is the second highest among all.

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Meghalaya Governor paves the way for Vernacular debates in Assembly

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Thomas Lim
The 46 year old Meghalaya had on March 19, 2018 set precedence where some debates during the session in Meghalaya Legislative Assembly were conducted in the vernacular languages of the state. This was in reaction to the recent address of Governor Ganga Prasad who on March 16 last inaugurated the first Budget of 10th Session of the newly installed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by the National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma. Last session, there was a move to allow local languages in the debates, but this was not accepted as Meghalaya has three major languages, hence it is impossible to take only one as the official language.

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