SHILLONG, Aug 07: The states youngest 4 districts which were created in the year 2012 came about because of the State Government’s commitment to ensure accelerated growth throughout the state, according to what the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma said on Monday.
Speaking during a programme to mark the 5th anniversary celebration of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) district at Ampati on Monday, Dr. Sangma said, “By bring administration closer to the people we have been able to focus our programme for the people in a better way, which has facilitated that the vision of such programmes have achieved its desired result.”
He also pointed out that in bigger districts, it becomes difficult to reach out to different strata of the society with welfare programmes. “The approach toward governance had to be changed, so that we could overcome the challenge and fulfill the aspiration of the people by reaching out to them,” Dr. Sangma added.
Dr. Sangma also informed that the newly created four districts in 2012 were accorded special attention to accelerate growth and remove the developmental and economic disparity.
“Even after 45 years of statehood, we still have many villages in the state, where people have to walk for 4-5 hours to reach to the nearest market and unit of governance. Lot of challenges lie ahead for the government, it is our responsibility to spread the tentacles of development beyond the state, district, sub-division, block headquarters”, he said.
He reminded the gathering that when Meghalaya was part of Assam, the people of the state were not even fortunate to see their legislators as the population was huge and representation was less.
“We could not even meet our legislators but in Meghalaya we have 60 legislators and people can easily meet and access them”, he said, while asserting that creation of the state has initiated an era of change and development.
He also reminded the people that India is a “welfare nation” and it is the responsibility of the government to guide the weaker sections and minorities of the country.
“We need to design programmes to touch the lives of the weaker sections and marginalized section of the society. There should be no rooms for disrespect and communal anger. We have to unite every section of the society and take everyone on board to march for development”, he said.
On insurgency in Garo hills, Dr. Sangma categorically remarked that they had posed serious challenges for the peace but the government has been able to work to foster and restore peace in the region.
“If we would have not created a new district, it would have become difficult for the government to tackle insurgency in Garo hills”, he added, while saying that the creation of new districts has enabled police administration to carry out counter insurgency operations in effective manner.
The chief minister spoke at length on creation of employment in government sector and asked the youth not to lose hope. He reminded that the government has embarked upon initiative for transparent recruitment. “Opportunities will be created particularly for the youth and they should not loose hope and keep trying for different job spaces which will be made available”, he exhorted.
In this regard, Dr. Sangma assured the people that government would continue to create avenues for the youth and vulnerable section to enable equitable growth and development of the society to make the state vibrant and set an example for others to emulate.
In this backdrop Dr. Sangma anounced that next week the foundation stone for the Engineering College at Shillong and at Ampati in South West Garo Hills will be laid apart from College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Captain Williamson Technical University in West Garo Hills and College of Science and Commerce in different parts of the state.