SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Government on Monday decided to go ahead with the Golden Jubilee of statehood celebrations, but on a smaller scale.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, "The government has decided we will be having the 50th Golden Jubilee celebrations, but it will be on a much lesser scale as compared to what we had planned before the outbreak of the Omicron variant."
Sangma said that the official programme on January 21 will be held in Jawarharlal Nehru Complex and around 3,000 people will be accommodated.
'We will be going with the protocols of having 30% percent and in the 30% we will be having people from all over the place who will be participating in that programme," the Chief Minister said.
He also informed that different programmes will take place during that time and all the other districts will also be connecting online with Shillong programme and participating and therefore there will be no separate programmes in the district headquarters.
Sangma also said that the State Government is waiting for confirmation from the PMO as to whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the programme or not.
The Chief Minister said that once they get a confirmation, then further details of the programme will be discussed accordingly.
Sangma also informed that no decision on a lockdown has been taken yet since the Government wants to ensure that the livelihood of people is not affected.
"But obviously if the situation goes beyond a certain point then we will be forced to take decisions. That is why we are taking precautionary measures and also requesting people to be careful," he said.