The popular cliché says that one should practice what he preaches and just a month back Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma in a public meeting appealed to the Elected Representatives, Politicians and Bureaucrats to donate their respective one month’s salary for the betterment of schools in rural parts of the state which lack basic amenities. He did this himself as he announced that he had donated one and a half month’s salary of Rs 3 lakh for renovation of Shohphria Government Lower Primary School, Mawthadraishan block, West Khasi Hills.
It was once the tradition for ever ruling government to remind the masses of the ill effect if smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption. This year, the central programme was special as it marked the start of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of our beloved Bapu. While four years back, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government had launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to mark the occasion, prior to that the Banning of smoking in the public places had been launched.
As a reminder, the Global Conference of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies in collaboration with the Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology (FHNO), held at New Delhi on October 12, 2016 expressed concern that the cases of head and neck cancer, which often used to occur among adults in their 60s, have now started occurring among youngsters in their early 30s. This is all because of their addiction to consuming tobacco during school and as an attempt to curb the issues the FHNO resolved to urge the government to remove tobacco and cigarette vendors from the vicinity of school and college premises.
The Principal Secretary Education, Government of Meghalaya, D P Wahlang, via a notification dated September 26, 2018 regarding the adoption of Meghalaya State Education Police 2018, stressed on the need to enable all learners to develop their gainful employment, democratic participation, moral action and a life of personal development, growth and wellbeing, which is indeed the need of the hours.
Meghalaya know as the Educational Hub of North East India, is now embroiled with a number of issues which includes tampering of mark sheets for appointment of school teachers. Unqualified teachers are being employed as the institution could not pay the qualified teachers. In this Budget Session, the government managed to enhance the Grant-in-Aid for Teachers in Adhoc Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary School and also for the Science Teachers.
The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to demanding for central schemes, taking advantage of being an associated member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which is in power at New Delhi. So far, Conrad has only focused on health care, roads and National Highways, but did not stress on the Housing for All by 2022, which should be developed side by side along with the infrastructure for the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of Meghalaya attaining statehood.
It may be mentioned that one of the flagship programmes of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government approved on June 17, 2015 has set the stage for a robust recovery in the residential property market, since this mission mainly aimed for the urban areas with following components, options to States, Union Territories and cities.
The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma, being the member of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government led by Narendra Damodardas Modi, should take full advantage to lure in more central schemes for the state, particularly the proposed Medical Colleges, which is a long due ambition of successive state government. Like the recent demand for inclusion of Khasi- Garo as the recognized languages, cutting across political lines, the political parties, civil society, and other NGOs should stand in one voice in helping the Medical Colleges become a reality.
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