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Meghalaya pledge to root out insurgency

Tura, Jan. 27: The Meghalaya government reinforced its commitment to root out insurgency and sought the people’s co-operation during the 64th Republic Day function here yesterday.

Transport minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh while unfurling the Tricolour at Williamnagar in the East Garo Hills, asked outfits to opt for dialogue for resolution of all conflicts. He also urged the people to fight against the vicious cycle, which poses a challenge to democracy.

On the growing activities of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and splinter factions of the A’chik National Volunteers Council, Lyngdoh said the government was committed to deal with the situation. He emphasised that peace should be maintained at all cost. Hoping to sign a peace pact with the ANVC before Lok Sabha elections, Lyngdoh said the government was keen and determined in restoring normality in Garo hills. He also urged the GNLA leadership to come forward and join the mainstream. “Violence only begets more violence and causes all-round misery.”

On the introduction of inner-line permit (ILP), Lyngdoh said, “It is a retrograde step and would cause severe damage to the perception of the state thereby revising the momentum of growth and progress.” On growing influx, he said, “A more pragmatic and effective mechanism would be required to deal with the issue and not ILP.”

Terming that Meghalaya under the leadership of Mukul Sangma has witnessed sustained economic growth, Lyngdoh sought people’s participation and co-operation in welfare programmes. The transport minister said the government was dedicated to improve rural connectivity in the state. “The government has launched the black topping of rural roads in convergence with the MGNREGS, which has helped connect villages with all-weather roads.”

At Resubelpara in the North Garo Hills, social welfare minister Deborah C. Marak, stressed on the efforts made by the government for empowerment of women. She announced that the government is chalking out a detailed programme for the chief minister’s wedding assistance scheme for orphaned girls.

In an endeavour to reach out to rural pockets, she said athe government has envisaged a new scheme — Meghalaya Rural Infrastructure initiative — which will be launched this year. She said attention was being given to improve the living conditions in the urban areas, as well.

“Reforms at the local-body level and state level have been undertaken in order to achieve efficient delivery of services and maintenance of assets created,” said Marak.

She also congratulated the people of North Garo Hills for welcoming the newly built Dudhnoi-Mendipathar railway line, which will be commissioned in April this year.

On rail link to Khasi hills, she said, “It is a bit ironical that while people in other regions agitate to demand railway lines, we witness agitation in our state opposing railway lines, which are being liberally sanctioned and funded by the Centre.”

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