Tura Feb 13: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma along with Health Minister A.L. Hek on Thursday laid the foundation for the extension of new building of the Baghmara Civil Hospital in South Garo Hills district.
Government Chief Whip Marcuise Marak, Siju Rongara MLA Rakkam A. Sangma, Baghmara MLA Samuel Sangma and other dignitaries were present.
Laying the foundation for the additional building which will house a 100-bedded Hospital, the Chief Minister said, “It has been the commitment of the Government to give special attention to areas, which has remained neglected. South Garo Hill is one of the district that has been accorded thrust so that the region can catch up with the pace of development with other districts of the State.”
He also informed that in this year’s budget health has been given priority and the Government will ensure that measures are taken to better the health infrastructure and facilities across the State.
Health Minister A.L. Hek said that the project will be completed within the stipulated time of 24 months. He expressed dissatisfaction on delay of projects and has assured that this Government will ensure that the projects were completed on time. Hek said that the new building will be dedicated to former MLA Lordsigh Sangma.
Chief Minister also unveiled the plaque to lay the foundation for the new Circuit House at Baghmara. He also inaugurated the newly constructed building of Rangku Memorial Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Baghmara, funded by the Asian Development Bank.
“Every person’s productivity is instrumental in the growth story of Meghalaya. We need to ensure that our human capital progresses through the efficiency of our people and our youth. It is a responsibility we must cultivate. That is how our economy will grow and that is how Meghalaya will rise,” the Chief Minister said at the school function.
He also stressed on the need for individual productivity and action to derive collective growth for the State while addressing the gathering of young girls, teachers, educators and administrators. “As a Government, it is my desire to see that every single individual is productive. Every single person must become efficient in what they do. Only if we do that, we can see the economy of our State and our country grow,” the Chief Minister added.
Stating that the GDP of the State is at 5 billion dollars which is about 35,000 crores and our population is 33 lakhs. 33 lakh people are producing 35,000 crores and in contrast, the population of Iceland is 3.3 lakhs only but their economy is close to 30 billion dollars which is approximately close to 2 lakh crores. “This means that we are failing somewhere. Every person’s productivity is instrumental in the growth story of Meghalaya. We need to ensure that our Human Capital progresses through the efficiency of our people. It is a responsibility we must cultivate. That is how our economy will grow and that is how Meghalaya will rise,” he echoed.
“We have 24 hours in a day and we must ask ourselves if we are productively utilizing our time. If the Government, the officials and the public at large start to work towards this objective, I am sure that our State will be at par with other places around the world. That is where education comes to play and it is the commitment of my Government to invest in human capital,” he added.
“We are keen to see that the schools in our State have proper infrastructure, we are keen to see that the teaching quality is better. The training of teachers must be facilitated, the quality of education must improve, the results must be better and our students’ analytical minds must go up. It is with this objective that our Government is focusing a lot on education and with the support of various funds by the central Government and through EAPs like these, we will be able to improve the productivity and skill our people. And take our State forward”.
“All the officials must remember that they have a vision and commitment towards their people. We must not look at our role as our duty or our jobs but we must look at it as our commitment and our responsibility towards our children, our youth and our people of the State. We must transform their lives and we must transform our State”.
The Chief Minister also visited the Captain Williamson Memorial School at Baghmara, the only college in South Garo Hills and assured that priority would be accorded to develop infrastructure of the college.