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Security of women and child will be main concern for 2018 election

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The internal security for the general public and the safety of women and children is going to be one of the main agenda for the 2018 general election of Meghalaya. The ongoing last Budget session of MUA-II headed by Dr Mukul M Sangma were under fire for the failure of the Police Department in tackling various crimes, topping the list are the kidnapping and sex racket, then comes the traffic congestions.  Insurgency might have come down, but the scar in the society caused by perpetrators will surely turned into debates during upcoming election.
This is nothing new; such issues were raised as Dr Sangma were being criticized  as he was all set to remain out from the state on his 100th Day in Office in MUA II. He was back home only after on the 102nd Day as Chief Minister.
Unlike his first time, he celebrated his 100th day with great funfair exhibiting his strength. His second time  in office, on his first 100th days was  seems to be a calm person, no more as the Chief Minister who is in a hurry to launch schemes and projects, this was not expected to have continued till the end of his term.

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Is Meghalaya adhering to UNICEF direction on disabled kids’ potential, not just reservation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Meghalaya Government is all set to notify the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 which mandated job reservation of 4 percent for persons with disabilities (PWDs), as assured on the Floor of the House during the Budget Session on March 14, 2017 by the Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma, while replying to a motion moved by Independent legislator from South Tura John Leslee K Sangma. Dr Sangma also assured that all vacancies available in respect to the different cadre posts in the various government departments will be worked out to find out the total vacancies available for persons with disabilities.

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Unplanned development, population growth leading to water scarcity in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Growth of population is always considered as progress of civilization. The growth of a township is considered as the growth of economy. But unplanned development has turned the state capital and headquarters in Meghalaya into a concrete jungle, the most evident perhaps came from the ongoing Budget Session, where the state government is proposing to take over the water distribution from the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council and be shifted to Public Health Engineering Department, knowing well that as Summer sets in, the scarcity of drinking water supply is always an issues.
Even in the state capital, the situation is similar, there is no improvement of water supply, even Shillong city have turned into a concrete jungle.  About four years back, during the Assembly Session, Nongthymmai Legislator, Dr Jemino Mawthoh (UDP) pointed out on the Floor of the August House that random urbanization in Meghalaya, particularly in the state capital Shillong are unchecked and so also is the growing slum in the city.

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Can Manipur first BJP government bridged the gap of alienate northeastern communities

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on March 14, 2017 said that the BJP has the requisite numbers to form a government in the state, as the designate Chief Minister, Nongthombam Biren Singh claims to have more than 30  in the House of 60 members. Although being just second largest party in the House, the first saffron government in the state is expected to steer the states towards development. The incoming government is expected to re-write the state history of most disturb states to a developing state, if the political will is there, otherwise the region will keep being felt as the alienate northeastern communities  
The row over the Vision Document of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the Delhi Assembly Election by referring to the northeast community as ‘immigrants’ is not only hitting the headlines, but is also hurting the sentiments of people in the region. Taking advantage of the election fever, Indian National Congress demanded that the BJP rectify the error and apologie to the country on a statement that reads ‘North eastern immigrants to be protected’ keeping in mind that about five lakh people from the North East have voting rights in Delhi.

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BJP bulldozing democracy to formed government in Goa and Manipur

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is serious when the party President Amit Shah announced that they will form government in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, the latter two states, they came second, yet they are making all efforts to woo the smaller parties to achieved the magic number for government formation, they also conceded that they have lost Punjab but contended as they poll more than 30 percent votes.  
Former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar is all set to be sworn in for the fourth time as Goa Chief Minister, who will need to proved his majority within 15 days, and seek election to the legislative assembly within six months. In the case of Manipur , Former editor and minister Nongthombam Biren was on March 13, 2017 unanimously elected as the BJP legislature party leader in Manipur, and will stake claim to form the first BJP government in the state.

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