Shillong, March 18: Rows of wine stores instead of a signboard greet those who enter the “abode of clouds” from Assam along the Guwahati-Shillong road.
The issue came up in today’s debate on the governor’s address as first-time legislator from Sohra Titosstarwell Chyne insisted that the government minimise the issuance of licences to wine stores. The UDP legislator said instead of a signpost welcoming those who enter Meghalaya, rows of wine stores at Khanapara in Ri Bhoi greet people.
“We say Meghalaya is a Christian state. However, our youths are facing problems not only of crime but also of alcoholism,” he pointed out.
The legislator also wondered whether a kite-flying festival could be termed an achievement under tourism. “Kite-flying festival is not a major achievement. What we need to do is to create permanent infrastructure,” he said.
Taking a swipe at the several missions being implemented, like the aquaculture mission, Chyne said, “We have so many missions but we need good missionaries to implement them”.
The legislator also drew the government’s attention towards the scarcity of water supply in his constituency, once the wettest place on earth.
He suggested rainwater harvesting and recycling of water to solve the problem.