From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, Sept 14: Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma iugurated the Sein Jaintia building at U Tirot Singh Road, Qualapatty on Thursday. Also present on the occasion was Lok Sabha MP Vincent H Pala.
Addressing the gathering, Sangma expressed his happiness in dedicating the building to the people through Sein Jaintia. He said it was a matter of pride that the Sein Jaintia is such an inclusive organisation that has been providing a platform to people from all walks of life. He also said the government is pleased to have been able to respond to the need of adding value to the asset and to partner with Sein Jaintia in carrying forward the multi pronged activities of the social organisation.
The Chief Minister also urged the Sein Jaintia to revive its activity of holding dramas and theatres that used to be an activity of Sein Jaintia in Shillong. “There was an aggressive engagement in the past through dramas and drama and theatre is a strong and effective instrument to transform and reform a man especially the delinquent youth,” he said.
Sangma stated that such assets augment the potentialities and provide platform not only to carry forward the rich culture and traditions, but also provide opportunities to the youth to realise their potentials, skills and talents. He said the Sein Jaintia building should be optimally utilised to do justice to the prime objectives of the Sein Jaintia.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Sein Jaintia president Toki Blah said Sein Jaintia was formed in 1947 and the old building has rendered yeoman’s service to the society in a number of ways. He said the building hosts two schools, a day school and a morning school for the poor and margilized where the teachers render voluntary teaching. He further stated that the government sanctioned seed money of 1.54 crore for the building. He said the building has two badminton courts and badminton coaching will be provided by Sein Jaintia.
Among those who spoke on the occasion included Vincent H Pala and Sein Jaintia Trust chairman GS Massar. Also present were Sports & Youth Affairs, Excise etc Minister Zenith M Sangma, West Shillong MLA Paul Lyngdoh, Pynthorumkhrah MLA AL Hek and Mawryngkneng MLA David Nongrum.