SHILLONG, Aug 16: Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma, has said that his government is committed to the ideals of peace and prosperity and all round development of Meghalaya.
Conrad was making his maiden address as Chief Minister of the state after unfurling the tri-colour here in Polo ground on Independence Day.
He also said that building a society, which is inclusive and progressive, is a concern of one and all and urged non-governmental organizations and the people of Meghalaya to do all they can to build a society which is inclusive, progressive.
“And do all round effort to defeat the forces which want to spoil harmony, good will and brotherhood among the communities, groups, regions,” the Chief Minister said.
According to him 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,” Conrad said.
The Chief Minister also said that violence in any form undermines the nation’s progress.
He said that the path of peace and reconciliation can be difficult, but it must be persisted, as this alone will enable the state and the nation to develop and progress.
Conrad appealed to the people of the state to “earnestly” hold on steadfastly to the democratic values, to progress through discussions and negotiations as the state proceeds on its journey towards development and progress.
He also said that his government is fully aware of its responsibility and will deal with the challenges.
The Chief Minister also said that the state remember and recollect with a strong sense of pride, the personal contributions by the patriots of the state- U Tirot Sing, U Kiang Nongbah and Pa Togan Sangma, and other patriots of the indigenous tribes of the state 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,” Conrad said.
He also said that peace and prosperity can be ensured only when law and order is maintained and that this fundamental aspect of administration has been given utmost priority by the government.
The Chief Minister also said that there was a need to protect the fragile eco-system.
“The philosophy of sustainable development has to be ingrained in letter and spirit in governance,” he added.