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Meghalaya in need of transparent effective and sustainable administrative services

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The term public service - a service which is provided by a government to people living within its jurisdiction, has lost its true sense for both the elected legislators and bureaucrats in the state of Meghalaya where the secretariat and government departments are like fortress which are not at all accessible to the common people, the officials are indeed the Babus or the Masters, while the legislators are Lords. The complicated practices in the state have driven the public away from the governance instead of having mass participation for implementing all government programmes and schemes.
The Central Government speaks of Administrative Reform for better deliverance, Prime Minister; Narendra Damodardas Modi had a blueprint mandra of five ‘T’s- Tradition, Talent, Tourism, Trade and Technology. It is a blend between traditions and modern technology for a global audience.

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‘Modern’ garbage collection practices not making Shillong any cleaner

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The intension could be to provide employment by waste collection in respective localities in the state capital of Meghalaya but the unsystematic means of collection and timings have turned the prospect of discarding garbage in Shillong city into a nightmare for many. With the only option of throwing garbage in the lanes and bye-lane of other localities, Shillong has been ranked 276 in Swachh Survekshan 2017 and placed 8th in North Eastern Region.
In parameters like Municipal Self Declaration, Shillong scored 248 against a national average of 411. In the on-site observation, Shillong got 320 marks against national average of 276, citizen feedback – 270 against national average of 301, solid waste collection and transportation – 209 whereas Imphal received the highest national score of 360 with national average being 224, solid waste processing & disposal – just 39 against national average of 47 with Pimpri-Chinchwad scoring the highest with 180 marks.

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Khasi language is yet to be included in the 8th Schedule

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Thousands of indigenous tribals from all walks of life took out a rally with the slogan – “Pyneh Rngiew” or “Strengthening the Aura” of the Khasi Language, which is yet to be included in the 8th Schedule by the Centre even after nearly 30 years. The rally is also part of the ongoing celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Khasi Language and 36 years of the Khasi Author Society (KAS), which convened the rally which was also participated by eminent writers, personalities, politicians and activists of different NGOs besides students. KAS is also one of organizations spearheading the demand for inclusion of the Khasi language in the 8th Schedule.

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Modi government considering more autonomy to Tribal bodies

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In an attempt to decentralize the state governments in the midst of rising demands for direct central funding, the Modi government is considering to provide more autonomy to 16 Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in north-east India. Of these, six ADCs are in Manipur, three each in Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram and one in Tripura.

Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) Chief Executive member Radha Charan Debbarma met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 4, 2017 and discussed issues related to the ADCs. He was accompanied by Lok Sabha member Jitendra Chowdhury and TTAADC Executive member Rajendra Reang.

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Can tobacco chewing really be banned?

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
It is evident that the total banning of tobacco chewing or smoking is still a humungous task for the state government, either due to political pressure to continue the business or non-cooperation from the public who refuse to give up the habit. Under such circumstances, Delhi High Court on May 3, 2017, asked why chewing of tobacco should not be banned; as such a step will put an end to the problem posed by “gutkha” and “pan masala”.
The court was hearing an application moved by a tobacco manufacturing company challenging the Delhi government notification banning “gutkha”. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) whether banning of chewing tobacco had been taken up by the Centre or any of the state governments.

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