Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma caught the eyeballs of his colleagues and from the opposition when he took out his personal I-Pad to note down the points when the legislators from opposition parties spoke during the debate on the Governor’s address on the second day of the Assembly budget session today.
The Chief Minister who presented his tech-savvy image in the House said that he had been working on his I-Pad and finds it more comfortable in doing his work.
It looks like he is showing the way to the other members in the House to adopt and embrace new technology and it is expected that several other ministers in the cabinet will follow suit, which will only help in addressing the issues smoothly and fulfilling the aspirations of the people.
Meanwhile, the debate on the Governor’s Address got underway in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly today with government chief whip Agatha Sangma initiating a motion of thanks to Governor Ganga Prasad for addressing the house on the first day of the ongoing budget session on the 16th of this month.
Agatha Sangma while highlighting the salient features in the governor’s address, urged the government for setting up a government college in Tura to cater to the needs of the students from the rural areas of the Garo Hills. Lauding the initiative of the government for having suitably upgraded the State Central Library in Shillong, Sangma also suggested having similar facilities in all districts of the state.
Suggesting amendments to the motion of thanks to the governor, Opposition member Process T. Sawkmie of the Congress contended that the governor failed to mention in his address several issues including measures to improve safety and security of women and children. Sawkmie also raised issues regarding need to increase medical seats in the state, traffic congestion, garbage disposal and influx, which he said could be checked only through the implementation of the Inner Line Permit system.
Participating in the debate on the Governor Address, Congress legislator from Umroi, George Bankyntiew Lyngdoh today informed the Meghalaya Assembly that villagers in the disputed Block II Areas are being harassed by militants.
According to Lyngdoh, farmers are facing extortions along the villages in block II areas like Sabuda, Mawlasnai, Madan Umwang.
“These villages are facing the brunt of militant activity and extremist along the block II area,” the Umroi legislator said.
Lyngdoh urged the state government to ensure strict vigilance and strengthen the Mawlasnai police outpost so that the villagers residing in Block II areas are protected from militant activities.
On the complex inter-state border dispute with Assam, Lyngdoh felt that there is need for a timeline to be fixed.
Meanwhile, on the issue of illegal immigration Lyngdoh pointed out that the services of the Labour Department is underutilized so far as checking influx is concerned and called for need to strengthen it.
He suggested that the services of the Labour department can be utilised to monitor the ways and means how to improve employment opportunities that is available in various offices.
Lyngdoh also proposed a domicile reservation for citizens of the state in the central government sector offices as well as in the military and para military.
“This will ease of the pressure that we are receiving from the youth of the state as to getting them employment opportunity only in government offices. The monitoring of employment in public and private enterprises is also important because industries that have been set up in the state seems to cater to employing people from other parts and not from the state,” Lyngdoh said.
Lyngdoh also urged the state government to collect data of domicile citizen of the state in various central government offices, state and private enterprises so as to regulate the employment of locals in the state.
The Umroi legislator also pointed out that the presence of several central government sectors/offices, paramilitary institutions has not been of much blessing to the state.
“Even though they have utilize our lands, our water, our air and beautiful environment we share in our culture and tradition but likewise it has not been complimented with regards to employment whether direct or indirect,” he added.