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Meghalaya, Manipur celebrate Statehood Day
STAFF Correspondent

A traditional dance being performed on the occasion of the 47th Meghalaya Day at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills on Monday. – UB Photos
 SHILLONG, Jan 21 - Meghalaya today celebrated its 47th Statehood Day with a pledge to make the State energy-efficient through various steps.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, while greeting the people on the occasion, said: “Let us rededicate ourselves to the values with which our beloved State was formed and reaffirm our commitment to work relentlessly together towards building a peaceful, just and equitable society essential for unhindered development and prosperity of the State.”

During the celebration of the day at a function here, Sangma announced a 100-day programme in which energy saving would be an important constituent. The Chief Minister said that in the next 100 days, the entire Secretariat building would be powered by LED lights. The Urban Affairs Department has also been asked to replace all streetlights with LED lights on a public-private-partnership mode.

The Chief Minister himself took a step forward in this regard, stating that he would be using an electric vehicle in the coming days and also requested the people to do the same.

“Charging points for electric vehicles will be installed at various places in the State,” he stated. Moreover, the State is also planning to partner with a “sister State” in future instead of solely relying on the Centre for assistance.

Sangma said that the partnership with a sister State would be undertaken to learn and also seek investment. He hoped that the model would set a trend in the country for smaller States if it is successful.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said that “on the special occasion of their Statehood Day, greetings to the people of Meghalaya. People from Meghalaya have made a notable contribution to our country. I pray for the state’s continuous progress.”

Governor Tathagata Roy also greeted the people and said: “Meghalaya is a State with immense potential due to its green cover, water and mineral resources and its talented people. On this auspicious day, we shall put in our best efforts to see that Meghalaya emerges as a premier State of the country”.

Imphal Correspondent adds: The 46th Statehood Day of Manipur was observed with a parade held on the 1st Manipur Rifles ground in Imphal on Monday.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, ministers, MLAs, the Chief Secretary, the DGP and other top civil and police officials attended the parade.

The Chief Minister inspected the parade and received the salute from 15 contingents including the BSF, Manipur Police, Manipur Fire Service, Traffic Police, Home Guards and Village Defence Party.

Speaking on the occasion, Biren Singh said that the newly launched ‘School Fagat-hansi’ mission would improve the education sector of the State.

Claiming that a new revolution in the education sector would start at the grassroot level, the Chief Minister said a special meeting would be convened soon to make the mission successful.

Biren Singh said that there would be development in the State if avenues were created for talented people. He appealed to the people of the State to extend support to the Government to usher in peace, prosperity and development to the State.

He added that the ‘Go to Village’ mission was introduced to provide good governance at the doorsteps of the people. Reiterating that it is the duty of the Government to honour those officers whose commitment and dedication have made the ‘Go to Village’ mission successful, he said out of around 2,700 census villages, only some villages are still to be covered under the mission. The Chief Minister appealed to the DCs, SDOs and other officers to locate the remaining beneficiaries so that they can avail of the benefits under various welfare schemes.

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