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KSU hails elevation of Ranikor as subdivision

The general public, BSF personnel and the police in Ranikor Circle use Bangladesh SIM cards – KSU leader

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SHILLONG, June 25:  Khasi Students’ Union’s (KSU) Ranikor circle president Marconi Thongni said on Monday that after the government had announced upgrading Ranikor into a civil sub-division there have been similar demands from circles of the State. He, however, justifies that Ranikor deserves such an elevation.

The State government had earlier assured the administrative unit of Ranikor that it would be upgraded into a civil sub-division and the date of inauguration. Now the date of its inauguration has been announced to be July 10, 2018. However, soon after the announcement, there have been many such demands from other areas, including Mawlai, Mawsynram and Umroi.

Speaking to reporters, the KSU leader said: “The KSU had earlier demanded the State government under the then Chief Minister Mukul Sangma to upgrade the Ranikor into a civil sub-division. However, the demand was not materialized.”

Stating that Ranikor deserves a civil sub-division status, he said, “When compared with other constituencies in the State, the constituency in which the people face plenty of problems is Ranikor. Till date roads are in deplorable condition, making traveling very difficult.”

He said there is even a lack of mobile connectivity in the area as many government employees, general public, BSF personnel and the police are still using Bangladesh SIM cards.

According to him, there are over 50,000 people living in Ranikor C&RD Block that has about 200 schools and other government offices. Thongni has lauded the State government for its decision to upgrade the Ranikor administrative unit into a sub-division. “We’ll continue to carry out follow-ups concerning this issue even after the inauguration of the sub-division,” he said.

When asked on the resignation of MM Danggo as a member of the Meghalaya Assembly and from the Congress party, he said, “Danggo should have taken up this issue seriously since the time when he was with the previous government led by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma. However, he wants to bring massive development now at Ranikor constituency and the time will only say whether he will be able to do it or not.”

He pointed out that the main demands of the Union is to have proper education and especially network connectivity from India as most of the people are using network from Bangladesh.

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