SHILLONG, Dec 04: Opining that there has been no development in the rural sector of Meghalaya ever since the state’s inception in 1972, the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has urged the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to ensure that there is verification on the way funds in the state are being utilized.
In a memorandum sent to the PM on Tuesday, the LJP said that since the inception of the State in the year 1972 the condition of villages has not changed, literally no development noticed in rural areas, no roads, electricity condition is bad, no health centre in villages, education scam, unemployment of youths are on the rise as no job opportunities available in the State, effect on the economy due to NGT ban on coal mining etc.
Highlighting other problems that the state is faced with, the LJP has also asked the Prime Minister for his intervention in these matters.
These issues include the call for the inclusion of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo languages in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution; a solution to the boundary dispute between Meghalaya and Assam and the early passing and implementation of Village Administration Bill (VAB) empowering local chiefs to exercise their powers constitutionally.
The LJP has also sought the PM’s intervention in ensuring that there is a waiver of farmer loans in Meghalaya.
Besides these, the LJP has also urged the Prime Minister’s office to initiate peace negotiations with existing militant organizations in the state.