Tura, July 31: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today flagged off the peace programme at Tura in West Garo Hills.
The programme was part of an initiative launched by the Garo Baptist convention in collaboration with the district administration to spread awareness for creation of a suitable environment for peace in Garo hills.
Speaking at the programme, Sangma said, “Sustainable peace is the need of the hour. It is our responsibility to create a situation for peace.”
Terming that the present chaos and lawlessness in Garo hills as unfortunate, he said, “The government is in the process to identify the root cause of militancy in Garo hills. This will give an idea to the government to tackle the problem.”
Making a candid confession that frustration and anger have led to rise in insurgency among a section of “misguided” youths, he said, “Insurgency is a lucrative option for many youths, who do not excel in studies. There is no competition to join insurgency and many youths are being lured into such organisations.”
“It is an endeavour of the government to understand the ground realities leading to rising militancy. We need to correct our problem, so that we have a better future. It is our concern to look at the present situation and look forward for the future generation.”
In an hourlong address to youths and church members of different denominations, he dwelt on the need and initiatives of the government to tackle the problem. He told the gathering that the government has launched various initiatives for sustainable development and to harness the potential of youth energy.
“We should be prepared for unforeseen challenges. It is an onus on everybody to safeguard the interests of our children so that they do not get subjected to negative forces,” he added.
Focusing on social needs for youths, Sangma said, “It is imperative for different institutions to invoke the process of thinking in youths. They should be given support and motivation. The institutions and parents should work to instill strong faith, which will make them better citizens.”