Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday urged the people to join hands with the government to build a progressive and inclusive society for all round development of the state.
Sangma hoisted the national flag at the Polo Ground in Shillong on Wednesday, and urged the people of the matrilineal state to work in tandem with the government to establish Meghalaya as a progressive state.
Despite huge Centre’s financial assistance, Meghalaya had remained largely as a cocooned tribal state, and had totally failed in bringing about overall development. As a result, there has been a huge problem of unemployment. The local tribals also looked at the skilled migrants from the other states as “outsiders”.
Sangma, in his maiden speech on the Independence Day as the Chief Minister, said his government is committed to ensure that total peace prevails in Meghalaya. He said total peace is the main prerequisite for development of Meghalaya.
“Peace can be ensured only when law and order is maintained properly. This fundamental aspect of administration has been given utmost priority by my government,” the Chief Minister said.
Sangma, the youngest son of former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma, said the primary forcus of his government is to maximise agriculture and horticulture production in Meghalaya, and ensure a steady income to the rural producers.
The Chief Minister said tourism can also be a major revenue earner for Meghalaya. “There is a huge potential for promoting eco-friendly tourism here,” Sangma said, adding that tourism has huge potential to create employment for the youths.