Conrad: In 2013 Mukul as CM said government does not want ILP

Conrad: In 2013 Mukul as CM said government does not want ILP

Shillong, Sep 17: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday told the Meghalaya Assembly that his government is bringing Meghalaya on the path of the development and the state was doing well under the MDA government than the previous Congress regime.

Refuting the contention of the opposition that his government was not doing much for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP), the Chief Minister pointed out that in the year 2013 the then Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma said that his government does not want ILP.

“But this government agreed to discuss the matter,” Sangma said.

It may be mentioned that the MDA government had passed a unanimous resolution in the Assembly urging the Centre to implement the ILP regime in the State.

The Chief Minister also said that the State which stood far below in terms of vaccinating children now stands at number three in the country.

He also said that under PMGSY, kilometers of roads were not constructed and the projects were blacklisted.

“Our government restarted these projects which were blacklisted and now we have finished them,” Sangma said.

The Chief Minister said that the rural employment guarantee scheme (MGNREGA) the budget of the state has been hiked from Rs. 600 crore to Rs. 1300 crore.

Rangsakona MLA, Zenith Sangma who initiated the motion said that the government was always in denial mode regarding illegal mining and coal transportation only to be proven wrong by the various incidents in the coal mines and trucks carrying coal.

Leader of Opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma took up the issue of the absence of the 32 lakhs metric tons of extracted coal in the state.

“Auctioning of the extracted coal is being done in piece meal. But it is already missing,” Dr. Sangma said.

Ampareen Lyngdoh said that she does not want the HNLC having splinter groups and seeing insurgency coming back.

Lyngdoh also said that never has the morale of the police been so low even as she added that never has she heard police saying that they are not safe going to a particular locality.

“Isn’t that ground to say there is no governance,” she added.