Shillong, January 21, 2023: Meghalaya celebrated its 51st Statehood Day on Saturday at a programme held at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong. Governor of Meghalaya, Brig. (Dr.) B D Mishra (Retd.) graced the programme as Chief Guest and Chief Secretary, D. P Wahlang as Guest of Honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor extended his greetings to all the people of the state and stated that it is a matter of pride and pleasure to be part of this joyous event. Reminding that 51 years ago, the late Prime Minister of India, Smti Indira Gandhi presided over the historic function of the creation of the full-fledged State of Meghalaya at Polo ground, Shillong. “This fulfilled the long cherished political aspirations of the people of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills.”
He added. The Meghalaya Statehood movement was a genuine and hard-pursued people’s movement. Despite numerous challenges, the visionary leaders’ united efforts and the people’s aspirations for recognising their traditions and values secured this beautiful state we can call our own.
The Governor also paid homage to the sacrifices made by the forebears, leaders like, Shri B B Lyngdoh, Shri Edwin Bareh, Captain W A Sangma, Shri H S Lyngdoh, Professor G G Swell, Shri Stanley Nichols Roy, Shri H Hynniewta, Shri Wilson Reade, Professor R S Lyngdoh and many others in their noble pursuit to preserve the sacred heritage – their land, culture, traditions, language, history, rights and self-rule. It is due to their vision and determination that today we have our own Government to realise our own aspirations, he said.
The Governor also stated that in the past 51 years, the state has made good progress in agriculture, tourism, power generation, education, information technology and utilization of mineral resources and also reiterated the government’s commitment to wisely use the state’s resources and to revolutionize the administrative pieces of machinery in order to make Meghalaya a role model of all-round development.
He also congratulated all the Meghalaya Day Excellence Awardees for their meritorious services to the Public.
While delivering his address, Chief Secretary, Shri D P Wahlang said that the creation of our pristine and beautiful Hill State was the befitting culmination of long years of a non-violent, persistent and united struggle of the people of the state. He added that on 21st January 1972 our long-preserved culture, language, love for soulful music, indigenous food and traditions representing tribal hopes, dreams and aspirations received a major fillip as Meghalaya came into existence as a full-fledged state of the Union of India.
The Chief Secretary also emphasised the initiatives taken by the government to address the challenges faced by the state and also to improve primarily in the field of education, health, rural development, agriculture, mobile connectivity and the power sector.
During the day the Chief Guest handed over the Meghalaya Day Excellence Awards 2022 to 18 government officials for their meritorious services to the public and distributed the prizes to the winners of the Meghalaya Day Run organised by the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs.
During the programme, the names of the recipients of the Meghalaya Day Awards 2023 were announced. The awardee for the U Tirot Sing Award 2023 in the field of Arts and Culture is Smti Sweetymon Rynjah, Pa Togan N Sangma Award 2023 for Social Service is Dr Jennifer V Basaiawmoit and U Kiang Nangbah Award 2023 for Sports is Shri Klingson D Marak.
The Governor Police Medals for meritorious service for the year 2023 were also announced, the awardees for the year 2023 are Additional Superintendent of Police, Shri Shabbir Sayeed Dkhar, MPS, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSB), Shri Vincent Nengminza Sangma, MPS, UBSI, Shri Iailamlang Iongi Jyrwa, UBSI, Shri Sean Stanford Lywait, WPSI, Smti Renu D Momin, Havildar, Shri Mewan Roy Pakma, Havildar Amplias Synnah, BN/975 Shri Alphonse Lyngdoh and Fireman, Shri Pyarson R Marak.