“People become frustrated, they lose hope and start rebelling when their aspirations are not met. We have seen it in our own backyards”
Shillong, January 28: In response to the requirement of the people of Mawphlang, the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma has readily agreed to set up Science and Commerce College in the area, for which the land is being made available by people of Hima Mawphlang.
The Chief Minister was addressing a large gathering at a function to launch a Rs. 22.49 crore scheme for construction metalling and black–topping of the road and link roads in Mawphlang–Mawngap area in preparation for Terra Madre Intertiol Slow Food Festival to be held sometime in autumn this year.
“There’s lots of joy when we are able to respond to the needs of the people. It is very important for the leaders to focus on the needs of the given area and when you give, you generate lots of hope among the people”, Dr Sangma said.
Recalling his growing years and his subsequent resigtion from medical profession to contest elections uble to remain a silent spectator to the backwardness in his area, Dr. Sangma said that people need to come out of selfish mindset and self–centric mentality if they love the community.
“People become frustrated, they lose hope and start rebelling when their aspirations are not met. We have seen it in our own backyards”, he said.
“Therefore when the government endeavours to do something good, people should join hands rather than putting spokes”, he added.
Stating that Sohra and Mawlynnong are already on the global map, the Chief Minister said that the government wants to ensure that Mawphlang is also known globally, which is why this initiative is being taken and should be the shared objective of all.
According to Dr Sangma, Mawphlang has the potential to become a tourist destition and added that area is so blessed that its windiness can be tapped to generate wind energy.
He urged the people of the area to prepare for upcoming Terra Madre Festival, saying that hosting an event of such a grand scale would not only require lot of money but also complete involvement of the people.
Earlier, the Lyngdoh of Hima Mawphlang, N. K. Lyngdoh handed over a memorandum to the Chief Minister apprising him about the requirements for the area, which include establishment of Science and Commerce
college, construction of a road from Lad Mawphlang to Mawphlang, commissioning of the Community Health Centre (CHC) the construction of which has long been completed and upgradation of police outpost at Mawngap to a full–fledged police station. Later, the Chief Minister also inspected the CHC building and visited the Jawahar vodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) from where he also took a view of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme below.