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Conrad completes one year in office as M’laya CM

Conrad completes one  year in office as M’laya CM
Conrad Sangma (File)
Correspondent Shillong, Mar 6 | Publish Date: 3/6/2019 11:48:24 AM IST

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma preferred to introspect of over the functioning of his year-long coalition government instead of having a fanfare and celebration.

The National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) coalition government completed one year in office on Wednesday.

“….. There is a reason why that our government instead of having a fanfare and celebration we decided to introspect. This programme and function today is not a celebration but another day in governance. Completing one year in year in office  is important for us to look back and visualize what the things that we have done and what we have not been able to and decide on how we move forward,” Sangma told journalists after releasing the MDA government’s report card.

Revealing that there are lots of challenges ahead, the Chief Minister said, “One year has been lot of challenges we have faced but we have given our 100 per cent as a team. The bureaucrats as well as the cabinet and all the partners of the MDA have worked meticulously to ensure that we take the state forward. There are many challenges but I can assure you that we are upto the challenges and we will work towards ensuring to achieve our goals that we have in mind. … In the next one year, we will do our best to ensure that we will be able to fulfill the other promises and move forward in other sectors to take our state forward.”

Noting that unemployment rate in Meghalaya is below the national average, the Chief Minister said, “Job creation is one of the main priority of the government. We hope that all these actions (government policies and schemes) that have been taken in the last one year will continue and will be able to achieved and create more jobs for our young generations.”

Pointing out that entrepreneurship is the way forward to tackle the unemployment rate, Sangma said the government has launched several Missions in the social sectors.

While revealing that other challenges faced by the government are in the education and health sectors, Sangma said, “These challenges have been there for the last many years so it is not that these things have happened in the last 12 months. We as the government are working towards improving those aspects. It will take time but I can assure you that our focuses are in these areas.”

On National Green Tribunal imposed ban on coal mining in the state, Sangma said, “It is a challenge for us because the government is trying to balance it out between ecology and economy and also the overall environment safety. We are trying towards it in ensuring that the economy and livelihood should not suffer and at the same time that environment should not suffer also.”

Terming the mining tragedy at Khloo Ryngksan village in East Jaiñtia Hills district as unfortunate, Sangma, who also handles the Mining and Geology department, said the government has constituted district level committees headed by Deputy Commissioner to monitor illegal mining activities and to take action against illegal coal miners.

On the vexed boundary dispute with Assam, the Chief Minister said, “The government is aware and concern of the boundary dispute with Assam. This is an issue that has been there from the past. What is important to see is the safety of our people. I think that is an very important aspect so as a government we need to ensure that our people are safe. No matter what the issue is, no matter what kind of complication is there for the disputes that we have development is one aspect that it should not be affected. 

People in the border area should get the safety and should get the development like in any other part of the state are getting irrespective of the claims that are being made by the two states.”

However, Sangma said that both the governments are always in dialogue and discussions at the official and non-official level. “We are having discussions to have a way forward. This is not an easy issue (boundary dispute) and little complicated. We will take time but discussions are on as i said but at the same time when this kind of issue is going on,” he explained. 

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