Tripura, Manipur assure social and welfare schemes while Meghalaya launches central schemes

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stylized maps of Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura (Pic tweeted by Srinivas BV)

Three North Eastern states – Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya turn 47 on January 21, 2019, with each having unique ways of observing the Statehood Day. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi greeted the people of all the three states as per their individual contribution towards nation building.

It may be reminded that the erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur were merged with India in 1949 and became full-fledged states in 1972. Meghalaya was a part of Assam before it was carved out as a full-fledged state under the North Eastern Region (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971.

On the special occasion of their Statehood Day, in greetings to the people of Meghalaya, Modi tweeted that people from Meghalaya have made a notable contribution to our country even as he conveyed his prayers for the state’s continuous progress.

Highlighting the natural beauty of Manipur, Modi stated that Manipur is blessed with immense natural beauty and hardworking citizens. He can never forget the affection he got in the state. On their Statehood Day, Modi greet the people as sisters and brothers of Manipur and expressed his wishes that the state continues scaling new heights of development.

Hailing Tripura’s achievements in the last one year, Modi tweeted that in less than a year, the state has made remarkable progress. It is realising its true potential and people’s aspirations are being fulfilled at a record pace. May this spirit grow further in the coming years, he had tweeted.

Addressing the main function of the Statehood Day, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that his government’s main goal is to make the state “drug free” and ensure efficient and transparent governance.

It was for the first time that Deb addressed the main function of the Statehood Day after becoming the Chief Minister around ten months ago after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) trounced the Communist Party of India-Marxist led Left Front.

In Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, while addressing a gathering at the Manipur Rifles parade ground, urged all sections of the society to extend their support to the government for all round development of the state.

In the case of Meghalaya, a week-long programme on the theme: Celebrating Meghalaya-India, on the occasion of the 47th Statehood Day and the 70th Republic Day began on January 21, 2019 in different districts.

Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma has announced a 100-day programme as a mark to celebrate the 47th year of Meghalaya statehood. Sangma said making the government secretariat an energy efficient building by shifting to the use of LED lights will be one of the programmes to be achieved within hundred days. The urban department will also be asked to replace all street lights with LED lights. This will be done on a public-private-partnership mode and the saving we made from power consumption will pay back to the private investors.

Sangma said different departments including health, agriculture, tourism and others will also come up with programmes which they will be directed to achieve within the specified period. Further lamented that over 12,000 Self Help Groups (SHGs) must be given loans within 100 days, he said while informing that programmes relating to environment and others will also be taken up as part of the programme.

Conrad also informed that the state is going to celebrate its 50th year in 2022. He urged the Directorate of Public Relations (DIPR) to start documenting the journey of the state. Chief Minister has also discussed with the Chief Secretary on the need for museums to have a section which talks about hill state movement leaders and their struggles.

As mentioned all the three states have unique ways of observing the day, where Tripura, being well equipped with good communication system be it road, rail and air is now focused on social security and fighting against drug abuse.

In the case of Manipur, mass participation for development of both central and state schemes were sought. Manipur may be inflected with militancy activities, but when it comes to contribution to the nation be it in the field of sports and health care, the state now seeks further strengthening of the masses to participate in all welfare schemes.

Meghalaya has launched the central scheme of the Energy Efficient Building’s programme- EESL which intends to bring investment to the tune of Rs 1000 crore covering more than 10,000 large government or private buildings in next 2 to 3 years.

Also the central programme of health, agriculture, tourism is mentioned, except for an attempt to take the administration nearer to the public, Conrad launched the ‘CM’s Whatsapp based Public Grievance Redress Mechanism’ with the objective to improve overall governance in the state. It is an effort of the government and the CM to reach out to the people. The idea is to have a platform where people can at least express their concerns and grievances directly to the chief minister’s office.

It is evident that Meghalaya lacks the proper infrastructure and better administrative system, hence the social security and welfare schemes were not framed by the state of Meghalaya on the 47th Statehood Day like the other two states which have confidently done so. It is time for the people of Meghalaya to fully participate in all government schemes and projects and move away from the politicking practice which has just pushed the state backwards as compared to the other two states in observing the self governances or the statehood day.