Shillong, March 6: The Congress functionaries of Mairang in the West Khasi Hills have met chief minister Mukul Sangma and raised the demand for the formation of a district out of the present Mairang civil sub-division.
The Mairang Youth Congress also submitted a memorandum to Sangma last night stating that the Mairang civil sub-division should be upgraded to a district, as this would bring overall development in the area.
According to the general secretary of Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress, Madonna Langstieh, the youths of Mairang have expressed the desire to bring administration closer to the people and only by the formation of a district this can be achieved.
In November 1976 Mairang civil sub-division was created and since 1996 the issue of upgrading the civil sub-division to a district was raised before the government by former Mairang legislator late Kitdor Syiem when S.C. Marak was the chief minister.
According to the memorandum, since Mairang civil sub-division has grown in population over the years, for overall development there is a need of a district as schemes and policies can be effectively implemented.
“Upgrading of Mairang civil sub-division to a district would not cost the exchequer much as at present, the civil sub-division has got divisions of PHE and PWD departments,” the memorandum said.
The Youth Congress leaders, who met the chief minister, said Mairang has proper healthcare facilities and also many educational institutions, which are pre-requisites for the formation of a district.
“Mairang is also a commercial centre and the second biggest market in Khasi Hills, Iew Langstieh is situated in Mairang,” the Youth Congress leaders said.
Besides being a tourist spot, Mairang has also infrastructure for sports activities, the leaders said.
The youth leaders also pointed out that once a full-fledged district is formed, the problem of migration of people from rural areas to Shillong could be checked.