TURA, June 13: The Maternity and Child Hospital (MCH) of Tura, one of the lifelines for the people of the region with regard to new births and child care, has been without water for about 5 days now. According to reports, the reason for the water scarcity is due to faulty plumbing, which has remained uncared for over the past few days, causing great hardship to all those using the facility.
Caesar Marak, a new father of twins who brought his wife to Tura from Williamnagar to ensure better natal care, was one of the affected people. Ceaser said, “It is well beyond impossible to think that a hospital, which is supposed to take care of the birth of children, could be without water for not one but five days. We did not have water to even wash ourselves throughout the day.”
Outfit holds Govt responsible for NGT ban on coal mining
SHILLONG, June 12: Holding government and politicians responsible for the present crisis arising out of the rat – hole coal mining ban by National Green Tribunal, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Thursday warned of taking the path of violence if it meant ending the this crisis. The outfit also expressed its gratitude to the people of Khasi and Jaintia Hills who extended their full support to the 24 - hour shutdown called on Tuesday and Wednesday to protest the mining ban.
“All the while the only thing that was enjoyed by the government from the coal trade was its huge income that came in the form of revenue and toll gates,” HNLC Publicity Secretary, Saiñkupar Nongtraw, said in the statement issued here on Thursday.
SHILLONG, June 12: The State Government of Meghalaya will soon bring in necessary amendments to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Acts relating to salaries and pensions for consideration of the House. This was informed by State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prestone Tynsong.
While replying to a resolution in the Assembly on Thursday, Tynsong said, “We are on the job to bring necessary amendments to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Salaries and Allowances Acts, 1972 and Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Pension Acts, 1977 for the approval of this august House.”
SHILLONG, June 12: The State government Thursday informed that a total of 12 police custodial deaths have taken place in the state in the past five years.
“A total of 12 police custodial deaths have taken place in the state in the past five years from 2009 to 2014,” Home Minister Roshan Warjri said during the Question Hour in the Assembly on Thursday.
CM blames ‘political consideration’ for power crisis
SHILLONG, June 12: With the recent severe criticism that the Myntdu Leshka Hydro Electric Project (MLHEP) has received due to its inability to address the power crisis in the state, Meghalaya Government is proposing to set up an independent body to audit the overall implementation of the Project.
“We propose to have an audit on the Project by a third independent party in order to get a better clarity on the various factors leading to the time and cost overruns and other aspects of the project,” Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma said on the floor of the House during the Assembly session on Thursday.
TURA, June 12: The first day of the ongoing two – day Non Co-operation Movement (NCM) called to demand a CBI or judicial enquiry into the custodial death of Balsan S Marak and Witson Sangma by the Garo Students’ Union (GSU) saw a total shutdown of the whole region. The 12 hour bandh called on Thursday witnessed even government offices wearing a deserted look.
A group of NGOs, led by the GSU, FKJGP, ADE and AYWO have been demanding for a judicial probe into the death of Balsan, who passed away on May 20 in the Tura Civil Hospital. The second death in custody in 8 days had caused a massive furor in the South Garo Hills region, with curfew being declared in the Chokpot region where the mob attacked the police station as well as burnt police vehicles.
CM terms drainage system under JNNURM as ‘horrible’, warns contractors
SHILLONG, June 11: In a bid to regulate the behavior of all officers and others in ensuring the timely delivery of services, the state government is planning to come up with a law known as the ‘Service Delivery System (SDS)’.
Going deeper into the nuances of this Bill, Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma informed the Assembly on Wednesday, “The SDS which will go a long way in regulating the behaviour of all officers and is in its final draft stage. Since there is a need to fine tune the law, the government could not introduce it during the ongoing session.”
Once the Bill is passed and made into a law, anybody not able to deliver the allotted work within specific timeframe is subjected to punitive action.