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Meghalaya govt commited to people: Mooshahary
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 10:
Published on 11 Mar. 2011 12:11 AM IST
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Meghalaya governor R.S. Mooshahary Thursday said the stated government stood committed to provide good governance to the people of the state.
He was addressing the sitting of 60-members House legislative assembly, marking the start of the budget session. Emphasizing the need to strive for an accelerated growth path for the state, Mooshahary said the growth should be inclusive to ensure that all benefits reach alls sections of society, especially the poor and the weak.
In order to speed up the economic growth, he said the state government has proposed a Plan size of Rs 2727 crore for 2011-12 to the Planning Commission.
Stating that activities of the various outfits (rebel groups) in the state are being monitored and kept under close watch, Mooshahary said the government will take all steps to ensure that such groups are neutralized.
He highlighted plans and programmes of the government, stating that priority would be given to thrust on livelihood security under the Integrated Basin and Livelihood Programme, bridging of infrastructural gaps, establishments of an institute of governance and institute of entrepreneurship with special focus on the youth.
On education quality in the state, Mooshahary informed that the process to mainline vocational courses in the curriculum has started. Informing that rules for implementation of Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 are in progress, he said the SSA programme will be upscaled for the implementation of RTE by 2012.
On the Health and Family Welfare, Mooshahary said efforts will be taken to operationalise new hospitals, primary health centres, adding that the process of setting up a medical college under PPP mode in Shillong and Tura has been initiated to commence within 2011-12.
On vexed inter-state border dispute with Assam, Mooshahary said the situation along Meghalaya-Assam border continues to be monitored closely, and the institutional mechanisms at the level of chief ministers and chief secretaries of two states are continuing in their efforts for resolving the disputes.
To tackle the problem of illegal influx of foreign nationals, Mooshahary said a comprehensive action plan will be drawn up, adding that the government was committed to complete the fencing of India-Bangladesh expeditiously, while simultaneously, addressing problems of the people residing in those areas.
Mooshahary on RTI
Meanwhile, addressing the 3rd National RTI Convention held Thursday at State Central Library, Meghalaya governor Mooshahary said the Right to Information (RTI) must be properly used to check corruption in the country, and expressed optimism that effective application of the Act could usher in more transparency in the system of governance.
In more than five years of RTI implementation in the country, Mooshahary rued it has failed to check corruption in the country that boast as the world’s largest democracy, mentioning the corruption related to Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum.
Former Chief Justice of India JS Verma, who chaired the opening plenary session this evening, lauded the effort of the Meghalaya RTI movement in enabling the convention to take place in the state. “Meghalaya is leading the RTI movement in northeast of India,” he added.
The three-day RTI convention, hosted jointly by Meghalaya Right to Information Movement and National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, is being attended by RTI activists and students from across the country.

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