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Inequity Act!

While the Government of India through the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in its latest mandate has approved Rs.6.7 crore to the Government of Meghalaya for creating prefab building for corona care facilities in the state to provide extensive care and support to the patients of Covid-19.

A heartfelt gratitude to the central government on the initiative of improving the healthcare infrastructure to combat and mitigate the pandemic as the state has witnessed the surge in the number of infected cases with rising fatalities reported daily.

However, the state government has identified and located the spot for the proposed 100-bed prefab corona care centres, which like always has to be Shillong and Tura. Ironically, other districts and towns are neglected for the project. Whereas the two locations chosen by the government already have numerous hospitals and care centres and the other districts are left with the limited poor healthcare facilities.

Jaintia Hills region is known to be another worst affected area with death cases reported daily. The existing number of hospitals and care centres currently available in the region are limited making the fight against the pandemic difficult. Thus, additional corona care hospitals and centres are much in need to accommodate the increasing number of patients.

What have the seven MLAs of the region been doing all this while? Weren’t you elected by the people of the region to represent us and to attend to our needs? Is it that your meager donation of free corona care kits and food to the infected patients in care centres enough for us to fight the pandemic? Are you all showing your true incompetence and ineptitude during such hard times?

MLAs from Jaintia Hills failed us in crisis while majority of them are in the government itself. No wonder all of the central projects and assistances are always approved and sanctioned in Shillong and Tura while other areas particularly the Jaintia region are deprive of such benefits.

Do we as Jaintias elect these people to fool us all over again? Each one of them are busy managing business of their own while we suffer and face the consequences.

Mr Chief Minister and Mr Deputy Chief Minister, do also consider improving the poor health infrastructure in Jaintia Hills and most of all, kindly do advise our seven MLAs to attend to their people’s needs as they are all busy supporting you while at all times ignoring us.

OR Shallam

Panaliar, Jowai         

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