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Modi acknowledges that Aadhaar has its inadequacies

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the nation is struggling to adapt with the recent roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), one of the documents demanded is Aadhaar Card, but in the state of Meghalaya it is yet to be implemented due to the opposition by pressure groups and some Church leaders. In this backdrop, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi in an upcoming book says he had no differences with the idea of Aadhaar but had a problem with its inadequacies when in April 2014 he had dismissed the biometric ID system as a ‘political gimmick’.
Modi had also pointed out that for the UPA 2, it was just another scheme. He had suggested many ideas but they (UPA 2) simply didn’t want to accept any suggestions from Modi, the Prime Minister is quoted as saying in ‘Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-Digit Revolution’.

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Chopper Services in North East need an immediate upgrade to prevent loss of lives

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Bad weather forced a BSF chopper carrying Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju to make an emergency landing in a polytechnic playground in Itanagar on July 4, 2017. The chopper was to land at a helipad at Raj Bhavan, but due to inclement weather it was forced to land at the playground of the polytechnic. Thankfully, all people on board the chopper are safe.
The North Eastern Region has already faced many fatal chopper crashes in view of bad weather, yet neither the state governments from the region nor the Aviation Ministry have ever made any attempt to improve the services. This time, according to Arunachal Pradesh Director General of Police Sandeep Goel everyone is safe, but history has shown many unfortunate incidents involving choppers, which is one of the air services only for the VVIPs.

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No LPG connection under PMUY for six NE states, safety precautions violated

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As an attempt to keep away the housewives from the smoke caused by the firewood, Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi launched the flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on May 1, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh in the run up to the assembly elections in the state. BJP swept through the assembly elections in Uttar Pardesh, bagging 325 seats out of 403 seats and dislodging the Samajwadi Party government, which along with the Congress could manage only 54 seats. It is believed that women in UP were pleased with the central government’s initiative and voted for BJP.

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Dress Code culture is the genesis of discrimination against traditional attire

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The fight over wearing traditional attire might have hit the headlines around the year 2009, when the Night Club on the Outskirts of Delhi ripped up public row between suited nightclub bouncers and customers wearing traditional Indian dress. The ban, which also includes men wearing traditional kurta pyjamas and Gandhi-style chappal sandals, emerged after an Army officer revealed how he and his wife than were denied entry to a nightclub because she was wearing a sari.
The colonial rajj have infused the Dress Code culture while in India, particularly the Defence Personnel are finding it difficult to change the culture, which is almost like part of their skin, so also the Officers Club, including the Delhi Golf Club. On June 25, last Tailin Lyngdoh, the tribal Khasi woman, a governess, had gone to the Club, along with her employer Nivedita Barthakur, after they were invited for lunch by a Club member, some 15-20 minutes into the lunch, two Club officials asked Lyngdoh to leave the table and the Club, saying her dress (Jainsem) was a “maid’s uniform” and also allegedly hurled racial abuses.

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Meghalaya will feel the worst pinch of GST roll-out

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
As the nation welcomes July 1, 2017 with new experience in history, the Indian industry stakeholders on the eve congratulated the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government on the roll-out of the historic Goods and Services Tax (GST) from midnight of June 30 and said that the industrial sector is fully prepared for it. Meanwhile the general public of our sleepy hill state are simply gazing at the new policy as Taxation has always been an alien term, as they have been enjoying subsidies and exemption from various forms of taxes.
On June 12, 2017, the Meghalaya Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill 2017 was unanimously passed by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly during a Special Session convened. The Bill was introduced by the Minister in-charge Excise, Registration, Taxation and Stamps (ERTS) Zenith M Sangma to pave the way for the historic tax reform, which rolls out on July 1.

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