Chief minister Mukul Sangma launches an online facility of the East Khasi Hills district on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Shillong, Jan. 21: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today claimed that the kind of ideas and initiatives that his government had put in would help free the state from poverty and backwardness in the next 15 years.
Addressing a government function at U Soso Tham auditorium here to mark the 44th Statehood Day, Sangma talked about policy initiatives that the government under his leadership had undertaken.
"The government has come up with better ideas and initiatives. I see that in the next 10 to 15 years, the initiatives we implement should be enough for transforming the state, especially by removing poverty and backwardness," he said as he urged all to join hands and work with selflessness and determination for the good of the people.
Stating that the main challenges for the people of the state are poverty and backwardness, Sangma underlined the need to address the problem to ensure that people from all walks of life have a better well-being.
"As we look around the past and the present, we need to strategise the future and our efforts should be to seek a better life for the people, especially the less-privileged section, so that we can grow together," he said.
Sangma went on to add that the state should thrive and become self-reliant, without depending too much on the Centre, to be able to address the problems of poverty and backwardness.
Stressing the need to fight against corruption, Sangma called for providing quality education and healthcare.
Suggesting that the 50th year of statehood should be celebrated in a befitting manner, the chief minister said: "We need to show hope to the youths and by that time we should be able to tell where have we reached and what have we achieved."
In his appeal to the militant groups to shun violence, Sangma said the movement for creation of the Meghalaya state was peaceful and all should learn from leaders of the past. "You do not need to pick up guns to achieve something. The way that had been shown to us by our leaders should be a story that should be told repeatedly and should go beyond the state. To achieve the aspirations of the people, we should not resort to violence because it makes our people suffer," Sangma said.
In lighter vein, he said had Meghalaya not been created, "Mukul Sangma would not have also been the chief minister".
Lauding the hill state movement leaders, Sangma termed Meghalaya a "fortunate state", which despite statehood, has autonomous district councils . He said with the formation of the state, its people are protected in many ways and they can have access to many opportunities.
Awards were given to some government employees for excellent performance. The winners of various competitions organised to mark the Statehood Day also got awards.
Sangma launched the e-district services for East Khasi Hills district as part of the e-governance programme.
Home minister Roshan Warjri and health minister A.L. Hek also spoke on the occasion in the presence of other cabinet ministers, MLAs, officers and other dignitaries.
Statehood Day was observed in all the 11 districts as well as in civil subdivision headquarters.