SHILLONG, Aug 16 (Newmai): The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is committed to peace, prosperity and development of Meghalaya, as affirmed by the chief minister, Conrad Sangma during his address on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations which were held here on Wednesday.
“The government is fully aware of its responsibility and will deal with these challenges,” Conrad had said while addressing the mammoth gathering at Polo Grounds here which was thronged by all sections of the society.
Stating that great nations can be built only with the contribution and hard work of one and all, he however said that violence in any form undermines its progress.
He said the path of peace and reconciliation can be difficult even as he underscored the importance of persistence as this alone will enable Meghalaya and India to develop and progress.
“I earnestly appeal to all citizens of the State to hold on steadfastly to the democratic values, to progress through discussions and negotiations as we proceed on our journey towards development and progress,” he added.
Conrad said that peace and prosperity can be ensured only when law and order is maintained. This fundamental aspect of administration has been given utmost priority by government.
The chief minister further pointed out that one of the focus area of governance is to maximize agriculture and horticulture potential of the State and bring all round benefit for all stake holders.
“It will generate employment and boost income of the people. Meghalaya is an agrarian state. Agriculture is the key to rural prosperity and food security for a majority of our citizens,” he said.
Conrad also stated that tourism is another priority area of the government and said there is a huge potential for promoting eco-friendly tourism in Meghalaya adding tourism industry has huge potential to create employment for the youth of the state.
Also stating that Meghalaya has always been known for its quality education, he said that the endeavour of his government will be to take it to a higher level especially in our rural areas.
Asserting the need to protect the fragile eco-system, the chief minister said that the philosophy of sustainable development has to be ingrained in letter and spirit in governance.
Calling for building a society which is inclusive and progressive, he said that this is a concern of one and all. He further urged non-governmental organizations and the people of the state to do all they can to build a society which is inclusive, progressive and do they can to defeat the forces which want to spoil harmony, good will and brotherhood among the communities, groups, regions.
Earlier while conveying his greetings to the people of the state on the occasion, the chief minister also recalled the contribution of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and many others who provided the leadership to liberate the country from the foreign rule.
He also remembered the personal contributions by the patriots of our own State- U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nongbah and Pa Togan Sangma, and other patriots of our tribes for their selflessness and dedication in their struggle against colonial rule.
“Today the country is free, because of their sacrifice. Today as we commemorate our freedom fighters, let us imbibe their spirit, by re-dedicating ourselves to the service of our State and our Nation,” he said.
Earlier to mark the occasion, Sangma unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute of the ceremonial parade held at Polo Grounds, Shillong.