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Mukul growth salvo at Modi

Tura, Feb. 18: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today said Gujarat is not progressive because of its chief minister Narendra Modi but for the mindset of the people there.

He said this while laying emphasis on empowering the youths of the state. He also asked parents not to encourage their children to seek jobs by pulling “political strings” and using “influence”.

He motivated the youths by urging them to change their mindset and tried to win their confidence at Williamnagar by saying that entrepreneurship can transform society. He was speaking at the inauguration of a multi-purpose cultural complex at Williamnagar in East Garo Hills.

“We want our youths to take advantage of the various government programmes for enhancing their skills,” said Sangma. He also urged them to prepare themselves to face the challenges ahead in the tough environment of competition.

“Government jobs are saturated, so you have to prepare and venture out accordingly,” the chief minister said. He also instructed the deputy commissioners to identify unemployed graduates to engage them in meaningful activities. “It is a wastage to wait for government jobs,” said Sangma.

Highlighting the chief minister’s green programme, he urged the youths to engage themselves in formation of green clubs in schools and colleges.

The new cultural complex at Dambo A’ding was built with financial assistance from the ministry of culture. It was completed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.53 crore and has a seating capacity of 245.

Director, arts and culture, M.W. Nongbri, said, “The infrastructure will be used to host different cultural programmes in East Garo Hills.” She said the complex was conceptualised in 2005 under the leadership of Mukul Sangma, who has ensured that Meghalaya’s arts and culture is promoted in a big way.