Shillong, June 26: The All Meghalaya Dancers’ Association (AMDA) has lambasted the Congress-led government in the state for not interest in tapping and promoting talented youths in the state.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, AMDA president Kitbok Thabah informed that the association had earlier sought appointment with the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma thrice, but there was no response till date.
“We were instead asked to meet government officials which we cannot accept since we want to discuss with the chief minister various grievances we are facing,” Thabah said.
The AMDA president said that they wanted to discuss on the three-point demands submitted earlier to the state government.
The demands include setting up of a Dancing and Singing Institute and earmark a separate budget for dancers and singers from the state, besides inclusion of dancing and singing as part of the school/college curriculum.
Accusing the state government of showing no interest to promote talented youths, he said due to this, many times, young dancers and singers have to search for sponsorships to be able to take part in competitions at the national platforms.
“It is high time that the government understands the need to promote singing and dancing, which can also be a major boost for unemployed youths,” Thabah said.
Urging the Chief Minister to immediately call them for discussion, Thabah said that if the government paid no heed, the association would be compelled to stage an indefinite hunger strike any time as a mark of protest.