SHILLONG, Jun 24: After the state government recently decided to upgrade Ranikor into a Civil Sub-Division there has been similar demands from the opposition to elevate other areas too.
On Saturday, a memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister, Conrad Kongkal Sangma by Congress legislator from Umroi constituency, George B Lyngdoh.
In the memorandum to Conrad, the Umroi MLA said that time has come that a Civil Sub Division has to be created in the district to ease the problems faced by the people of Ri Bhoi in general and Eastern Ri Bhoi in particular.
Lyngdoh said that after more than 25 years as a district, Ri Bhoi has been growing in leaps and bounds, but there is a lot more to be done to uplift the people.
“One of the measures to mitigate people’s problems is by bringing the administration closer to the citizens,” the Umroi MLA said.
In the memorandum to the Chief Minister, Lyngdoh pointed out that Eastern Ri Bhoi is also blessed with the presence of many State Government offices including the Sub-Divisional Offices of the Public Works Department & Public Health Engineering, Agriculture, Sericulture and others. It is also home to the State’s functional airport, and many Central Government establishments which include ICAR, NeSAC, NeRIE, Umroi Cantonment, Umiam Industrial Estate amongst others.
He also added that the presence of the Shillong Bye Pass adds to the importance of the region as this opens up the area to access by tourists (domestic and international).
According to him the Shillong Bye Pass is also a vibrant trade route for the state and also to passengers who traverse to other parts of the state and north east.
“Considering the above, it is the need of the hour that the people of Eastern Ri Bhoi are being given better attention and a Civil Sub Division is immediately created in Umroi, it being the most suitable and centrally located Village,” Lyngdoh said.
It may be mentioned that Ri-Bhoi was upgraded into a district from a sub-division in June 1992.
Presently, the district headquarters located at Nongpoh caters to the people residing in five assembly constituencies – Nongpoh, Jirang, Umsning, Umroi, and Mawhati. Besides the district, there is also an administrative unit at Patharkhmah under Jirang Constituency.
It may be mentioned that the previous Meghalaya United Alliance –II government had inaugurated a Community and Rural Development Block at Bhoirymbong.
This Block caters to the entire Eastern Ri Bhoi Area which has 133 listed villages, 11722 households with a population of 65528 persons (Census 2011).
Lyngdoh pointed out that currently, the inhabitants of these villages have to cover miles and miles to reach the district headquarters, which is not only time consuming, but also adds stress on their earnings.
“It is of the humble opinion that Eastern Ri Bhoi now deserves a Civil Sub Division, which would benefit the people residing within these 133 Villages especially those in the Inter-State Boundary with Assam (Block 2 disputed area),” Lyngdoh added.