SHILLONG, March 18: Opposition UDP on Monday asked the state government to re-visit the objectives of the ‘education-system’ while tackling increased crimes against women besides evolving a mechanism to counter influx in the state.
Participating in the debate on the Governor’s address on the third day of Budget Session of the newly constituted 9th legislative Assembly here on Monday, UDP working president and West Shillong legislator, Paul Lyngdoh said, “Crimes against women is on the rise and we certainly need to re-visit the objectives of our education system and today youngsters not only in the city but even in the rural belt, all have mindsets that we describes as un-ethical,” adding “it is basically of the corrosion and failure of the education system.”
Stating that two objectives of education is that it teaches a person on how to live and that it teaches a person on how to make a living, he asserted, “If our education system has not been able to teach the two basic things I think it is a massive failure for which all of us are responsible.”
“I would specifically urge upon the education Minister who has been himself an educationist to take note of this fact because merely producing 10 thousand graduates per year is not going to land us anywhere,” he added.
On illegal immigration, Lyngdoh said, “We know that this is a serious matter which is debated thoroughly and has engaged the attention of both State and non- State for the past four decades in Meghalaya.”
“If the government is to infuse any sense of direction and any sense of confident in its ability to tackle the matter what is required to be done now is to ensure that there is visibility in the action of the department of Home (Police),” he suggested.
Stating that the problem has affected the city more than any part of Meghalaya, the UDP working president said, “We should evolve a mechanism that would ensure that while our economic activity should grow, we should also be able to tackle this demographic attack on the indigenous people of Meghalaya fully.”
On the mention on the number of person, detected and prosecuted, he further suggested that what requires to be done is to make this data more visible adding “we have the electronic and print media to advertise the government programme” adding “I would likewise urge that the number of persons detected and where were they sent back and how was the process carried out should also be make visible so that there should be complete transparency and trust is infused into the minds of the people.”