TURA, Oct 30: The Achik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) has sought parity in the development of all parts of the state following the announcement of the DONER to earmark Rs 1600 crores for 5 projects in the state – all of which are under East Khasi Hills.
The 5 projects have been sanctioned under 100% central funding under the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme” (NESIDS) has sanctioned five projects for Meghalaya.
The new central sector scheme for the region will focus in five major sectors. The scheme will fund to complete the ongoing projects under Non- Lapsable Central Pool Resources (NLCPR) and to take up projects of around Rs.1600 crores under the 100 percent new centrally funded scheme – NESIDS.
“This is really frustrating that only one district of the state will be getting the entire development sanction while the others will just have to watch. What is the fault of the other region and why was parity not sought for all three regions?” asked director of AIJIF, Alex K Sangma.
Meghalaya will have schemes for power supply in Shillong, water supply in Sohra, construction of a road from Mawsmai to Shella and another road to Mawsynram (all in East Khasi Hills district).
“The initiative is welcome (NESIDS) as it is money from the centre to develop the state but to concentrate all of these 5 projects in one district widens the already existing imbalance and disparity in the state,” added Chenang Momin, the coordinator of the NGO.
“Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills have yet again been deprived from the opportunity to develop and grow. This step brotherly treatment for Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills aggravates the sense of discontentment and despair among the Garo and Jaintia people. Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills are also in desperate need of power and water infrastructural projects,” said chief coordinator, Stubent Marak.
The NGO felt that for the overall development of the state it is required on the part of the Meghalaya government to sanction projects proportionately keeping in view the requirements of all. They asked for the government to raise the matter with the concerned authorities so that the disparity was redressed.