SHILLONG, Sep 10: With fuel prices rising to record highs all over the country, the former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma has urged the present Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) state government to do its part in providing relief to the residents of the state.
“When situation like this arises, the state government can give relief. Some of the states are thinking of that, I think the Rajasthan government is thinking of that so therefore we will also look at why the state government should not also do that,” Dr. Sangma had said here on Monday.
Addressing the media after staging a protest walk against the price rise here on Monday, Dr. Sangma said when this kind of situation takes place where there is increase price on a daily basis, states also have certain space to give some relief when it is not subsume in GST.
Dr. Sangma also said that the erstwhile Congress-led state government had done it earlier when the prices of the international prices of crude oil were escalating.
“We had to resorted to giving relief in addition to what the (then) Congress led UPA government did,” he said.
Slamming the National People’s party (NPP) - led MDA government’s claim that it is not possible to provide such relief due to the present financial crisis in the state, Dr. Sangma said, “It is a question of knowing the art of governance. I have repeated a number of times that governance is not everybody’s cup of tea. Therefore they have a problem. If they don’t know how to run a government that is their problem and it is our job to enlighten the people. We did it during out time (despite the financial crisis being faced).”
Moreover, Dr. Sangma said that the Congress had also initiated the first of its kind Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) which is now being replicated by governments across the nation including the Central government.
“The people should be proud that something which is conceptualized and initiated by Meghalaya has today ultimately been able to capture the attention of not just other states but whole governments across the nation including the Government of India and they have introduced a new insurance policy which is completely the replica of the Megha Health Insurance Scheme,” he said.
Stating that Meghalaya has shown the way, he said, “I must tell you, not only the concept of the programme, even the bidding document is completely replicated from Meghalaya.”