OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
Tura, Feb 22: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that the true spirit of democracy is to fulfill the promises made to the people and that there is so much joy in being able to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people.
He was addressing a large gathering after officially handing over an ambulance to the Self-Help Group Cluster Centre at Mendal on Tuesday evening. The ambulance was doted under Chief Minister’s Special Rural Development Fund 2012-13 and the Chief Minister expressed his hope that the ambulance would help in providing emergency medical services to the people of the area.
During the day, the Chief Minister also unveiled the foundation stone for construction of community Multi Facility Centre at Gokolgre under Inter-state Border Area Development Programme and the foundation stone for construction of bridges and culverts on the Bajengdoba – Jangrapara PWD Road under RIDF (State Plan 2016-17).
An public function to mark the occasion was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary Agriculture, etc & local MLA Brigady N. Marak, Parliamentary Secretary, PWD (Roads) etc Cherak W. Momin, former minister C.B. Marak, North Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, S.C. Sadhu, District police chief Dr. Raghavendra Kumara, besides other district officials, local leaders, SHGs, heads of institutions, teachers and students of the area.
Dwelling on the dymics of rural economy, the Chief Minister said that there has been a lot of developmental disparities particularly in the rural areas and that his Government has been working hard to correct such disparities in development.
“Our agenda should be to mitigate the problems of the people. We can see that our State is now on a healing process and we must allow it to recover fully,” he said.
Speaking of the ambitious agenda of the Government to make Meghalaya the most livable State, the Chief Minister said that there is a need to reverse the trend of development in all areas, particularly in education and health sectors.
The Chief Minister said that there is no other mode of travel in the state besides road transport and that all economic activities depended on roads.
Highlighting on infrastructure development in rural areas, the Chief Minister told the gathering that the Multi Facility Centres were being constructed in almost every village to facilitate capacity building and skill development trainings for the youth and other social activities.
Local MLA Brigady Marak highlighted on a number of development projects coming up in the area and also informed the gathering that a new C&RD block at Bajengdoba would be iugurated soon after the Budget Session.
Others who also spoke on the occasion were Parliamentary Secretary Cherak W. Momin, Deputy Commissioner S.C Sadhu and Secretary of SHG Cluster Centre, Mendal Dr. G.R Sangma, who apprised the Chief Minister about requirements of the people of the area, including establishment of a Degree College.