‘Government is deeply pained by the tragic incident’

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Mine tragedy finds mention in Governor’s Republic Day Speech

SHILLONG, Jan 27: The mine tragedy at Khloo Ryngksan area under Lumthari village in Meghlaya’s East Jaintia Hills district found mention during Governor, Tathagata Roy’s Republic Day address.

Addressing the gathering at Polo Ground after unfurling the national flag, Roy said that he wanted to take a moment to underscore that the Government is deeply pained by the tragic incident involving the 15-trapped miners.

“Despite the challenging circumstances, the government is continuing with the operations in collaboration with the various agencies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the miners,” the Meghalaya Governor said.

Roy also called upon the people of the state to join hands in the government’s endeavor to maintain peace and harmony so that Meghalaya can forge ahead on the path of growth and development.

According to him the law and order situation in the state is by and large peaceful even as he said that all measures are being taken to ensure safety and security for all the citizens, with particular emphasis on combating crimes against women and children and human trafficking.

Roy said that instructions have been issued for expeditious investigation into cases relating to these matters.

“The overall internal security situation has also significantly improved over the last one year. We must now take this opportunity and redouble our efforts to ensure durable peace and sustained development in the state,” he added.

The Governor also urged upon the parents and guardians to devote quality time to counsel and guide their children and inculcate in them high moral, ethical and social values to enable them to grow as worthy citizens of the society.

On the education sector, the Governor said that the government is concentrating its efforts on making increased investments in human capital development.

He informed that towards this end, the state government is in the process of getting approvals for Ekalavya Residential Model Schools (EMRS) in all the eleven districts of the state.

Each of these residential schools will be constructed at an approximate cost of Rs. 24 crores and will cater to 480 students when fully operational. The setting up of these schools brings in Rs. 264 crores of capital investment and an annual recurring investment of Rs. 57 crores toward development of human capital.

Roy also pointed out that along with education, health care is a vital ingredient for full realization of the human potential.

The Governor said that the government is striving to provide comprehensive health care to all its citizens even as he informed that the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS), Phase IV along with the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) was launched in December last year to provide health cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family without any restriction on family size and age.

“About 3.47 lakh households are eligible to avail the benefits under these schemes,” Roy informed.

The Governor also reminiscence that during Republic Day celebrations in Shillong in 1951 when he was six years old he had come to see the celebrations with his mother and cousin with whom they then stayed in Lower Jail Road.

“We saw the Governor of Assam, Shri Jairamdas Daulatram, taking the salute and I pestered my mother with questions about the Governor. I was impressed to see that the Governor’s car did not have any number plate but just a word ASSAM in its place. Little could I imagine that one day, nearly 70 years later, I will be standing here to take the salute. These old memories have endeared the town of Shillong to me as no other town has,” Roy said.

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