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Conrad to adopt Modi formula by sending Ministers to review implementation of schemes

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The common practice by the elected members to visit their respective Assembly Constituency once in five years, just to seek votes, is expected to change, if the assurance of the Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma made on the Floor of August House in the ongoing Budget Session that his Cabinet Ministers will visit all the eleven districts once in every three months on a rotation basis to review and improve the implementation of the various schemes, is to be taken at face value. He also assured that the touring by the cabinet ministers to the different districts will start in the first quarter itself.

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If Sachin can donate his salary, why can’t other Parliamentarians

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The day long token fast on April 12, 2018 across the nation to protest against the washout of the second half of Parliament’s Budget session 2018-19, led by Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi and BJP President Amit Shah along with BJP MPs failed to muster enough public support, while Black flags, balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with the helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of a statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

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Five sectors identified by NFNE are in pathetic condition in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The first meeting of the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’ (NFNE) on April 10, 2018 chose five sectors to address on mission mode basis to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic growth of the region. Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, in a significant announcement, also said that henceforth 100 per cent funding would be made by the Central government for central sector projects in the eight northeastern states, which were earlier being undertaken on the basis of centre-state sharing in the ratio of 90:10.
The five sectors are tourism, food processing, bamboo, horticulture and Made in Northeast. On the new funding pattern for Central sector projects, Jitendra Singh said that this will only be applicable to the eight northeastern states, unlike the earlier 90:10 funding pattern which was in force for 11 special category states - which also included Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.

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Modi should refund salary rather than hold token fast

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The popular cliché- a taste of your own medicine, is the best sum-up for the complete wash out of both the Houses of Parliament due to the disruptions staged by the Opposition Members leading to the total loss for the Public Exchequer. As a mark of protest against this, the Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi will fast for a day on April 12 next as a token protest against the washout of the second edition of the Budget Session of Parliament that ended on April 6, 2018 due to protests by opposition parties. All BJP Parliamentarians too are also expected to do the same in their respective Constituency on the same day.

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NFNE aims at giving the starting torque for inclusive and sustainable growth

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the time is running out for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi, who had on various fora stressed on inclusive national development, which is impossible if the North Eastern region is being ignored, while at ground zero, the region is still fragmented within the region. Acting as a gelling agent, Modi government is set to launch NITI Forum for North-East’ (NFNE), a special body set up to achieve accelerated, inclusive and sustainable growth in the eight states of northeast region.
Recently wrestle state by the saffron party- Tripura will host the first meeting of the NFNE in Agratala on April 10, 2018. Chief Ministers or Deputy Chief Ministers or Planning and Coordination Ministers of Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim and top officials of all the eight northeastern states and various central ministries were likely to attend the day-long meeting. 

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