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‘No Road No Vote’ slogan kick-starts the election fever in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The slogan of - No Road No Vote - is nothing new in India, but it is for the first time such War Cry has been sounded by over 800 voters of the remote village of Huroi in East Jaintia Hills District, a village located along the international Indo-Bangla border. The villagers have unanimously decided to boycott the 2018 state elections on ground of “no road no vote” as a mark of protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards the region.
According to village secretary Poly Pohlong, the decision was taken at a meeting convened by the Dorbar executive committee of Huroi, held recently to discuss on the problems faced by the people despite representations submitted on many occasions. A memorandum on this regard was also submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills District, who is also the District Election Officer on August 28, 2017.
The aggrieved villages have also suggested that the General Election should be held during monsoon season, than only the government can understand the hardship they have been facing for years.

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Meghalaya fails to implement Niramaya - Affordable Health Insurance to PwDs

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Odisha government has the Health Department to ensure that doctors of state-run hospitals prescribe medicines supplied under Niramaya scheme during a review meeting on August 28, 2017 under the Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at Bhubaneswar. He directed Health Secretary Pramod Meherda to closely supervise and monitor whether the medicines supplied were being prescribed by the doctors and were actually being distributed to the patients.
The Niramaya scheme was launched in 2015 to provide free medicines to patients in all government hospitals in the entire country except Jammu and Kashmir and the schemes aims to provide affordable Health Insurance to Persons With Disabilities (PwDs).

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NITI Aayog identifies three hindrances affecting north-eastern region connectivity

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
NITI Aayog -the National Institution for Transforming India - established to replace the Planning Commission, has for the first time radically redefined the Centre-State relationship, ensuring that all States take the lead in providing policy interventions to the Union Government. A platform for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog facilitates the working together of the Union and States as equals as Three Year Action Agenda, 2017-18 to 2019-20. Making a case for development in the north-eastern region of the country, the NITI Aayog has recommended that physical infrastructure with neighboring countries should be developed and transit treaties ironed out over the next three years.
NER has always been considered an un-exportable region, resulting to the feeling of being alienated by the so-called Mainland India. The investors, both national and international, refused to invest due to two main obstacles- one militancy infested region and uncertain Law and Order situation. Although most state governments, except Manipur, are doing their respective best to eradicate the armed struggle of the misguided youths and maintaining Peace and harmony, yet it is still taking its course of time to regain the trust of the visitors.

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No replacement for banned FDC drugs for over a year

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The medico-practitioners and the pharmacies are going through a tough time due to the non availability of replaced drugs even as the GST on medicine is hitting the consumers hard. While the public was assured that in view of the high cost of medication, affecting most of the middle class citizens, there was an attempt to ease the spending of such consumers who mostly depend on trial and effect dosages and are entirely depend on self prescription of medicines which are Fixed Dose Combinations (FDC). This means that they are made by mixing two or more drugs. On March 10, 2016 the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO)—an Indian drug regulator—banned 344 of such drugs in the country. The notification said that these drugs cannot be made, sold or distributed in India. Till date there is no replacement for most of the banned drugs which is affecting the masses.

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Conrad moots making NEC a policy and coordinating agency for NER

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Thomas Lim
The North Eastern Region (NER) which has always been misunderstood by the people from what has commonly been referred to as Main Land India has done its best to form a unified force in order to have a common minimum demands to voice in the Parliament. The effects of the colonial Raj of divide and rule are still affecting all such efforts. The inter-border disputes within the region are yet another obstacle making it impossible to work out an amicable resolution. Under such a backdrop, National People’s Party (NPP) MP representing the Tura seat, Conrad K Sangma emphasized the need to make the North Eastern Council (NEC) a policy and coordinating agency for the NE region.

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