Shillong, Jan 21: Meghalaya today celebrated its 49th year since attaining statehood. To commemorate the day, a short programme was held at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Information & Public Relations Minister, James Sangma, Health Minister, A. L Hek, Chief Secretary M. S Rao and other senior government officials graced the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma remembered the contributions of leaders who strove for Meghalaya’s statehood.
“We must remember those leaders and the sacrifices they made. To name a few – Captain William A. Sangma, D.D Pugh, J.J.M. Nichols Roy, B.B Lyngdoh and many more who sacrificed many things so that we can celebrate the 49th anniversary of our statehood,” he said.
He added that their sacrifices should not go in vain and that citizens in different positions have the responsibility to work for the future of the state.
The Chief Minister also highlighted the progress of the state in the past year – despite the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic- and shared his visions for the future.
At the event, he raised the curtain for the state’s golden jubilee which will be celebrated in 2022 and informed that a committee has been formed to organize year-round arts and cultural programs counting down to the 50th statehood day next year.
Meghalaya Day Excellence awards were accorded to awardees – Raphael Warjri received the “U Tirot Singh Award for Arts and Literature”, Rev. Dilseng M Sangma received the “Pa Togan Sangma Award for Social Service, and Hame Shaniah Suiam received the “U Kiang Nangbah Award for Sports.
The programme also included performances by artists from the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo communities.