SHILLONG, Nov 29: Reiterating its demand for the upgrade of the Mawryngkneng Community and Rural Development (C&RD) Block into a full – fledged civil sub – division, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) Mawryngkneng Circle has served the state government an ultimatum, demanding a decision on the issue before the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly convenes on December 8 next.
“We decided to give time to the state government to consider the demand before the upcoming winter session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly,” KSU-MC general secretary Shiningstar Kharbihkhiew said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
He also said that if the state government fails to meet this deadline, the union will be compelled to launch a programme of agitation in the three constituencies – Mawryngkneng, Mawkynrew and Nongkrem.
“The protest will also be against the three sitting MLAs representing the respective constituencies - David Nongrum, Remington Pyngrope and Ardent M Basaiawmoit - for their failure to voice out the long pending aspiration of the people,” Kharbihkhiew said.
Informing that a memorandum in this regard was submitted to the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on October 30, he however said unfortunately the state government has turned a deaf ear to the demand.
The KSU leader said that the upgrade of the Mawryngkneng Block to a civil sub-division will ensure better governance and bringing it much closer to the people.
According to him, the block has over 64 villages falling under three assembly constituencies –Mawryngkneng, Mawkynrew and Nongkrem, with a population of 67,291 as per the 2011 census.