Water supply, education, healthcare part of TMC agenda in Mawphlang

Party candidate Rynjah says farmers received nothing from FOCUS

Mawphlang, Feb 15: Mawkordor Rynjah, the Trinamool Congress candidate from Mawphlang, said on Tuesday he would expedite the work of Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme, the source of which is in Mawphlang, if he is voted to power.

Addressing the media in Tyrsad village, Rynjah said the scheme had been hanging fire for years now. He also mentioned the plight of the people in the constituency owing to water crisis. According to him, 55 out of about 150 villages do not have steady water supply.


Rynjah also pointed out the lack of quality school in the constituency and the abysmal condition of the existing government schools. Meghalaya Monitor visited two schools — one a lower primary school at Umlangmar and the other an upper primary and secondary school at Kyrphei. The former was in a dilapidated condition with a broken tin roof and windows. The Kyrphei school has recently got a new building but the chairman of the school committee, DB Lynser, said the construction was funded by villagers.

The LP school at Umlangmar under Mawphlang constituency. Photo by MM

“I feel ashamed to even talk about it. There was no government fund and the villagers contributed to building it,” he said.

Rynjah said the constituency needs a good CBSE-affiliated school so that children do not have to go to the city for better education.

Highlighting the deplorable condition of the constituency and its people under the MDA regime, Rynjah said, “The MDA government neither provided any assistance in bringing a good factory nor did they get any other alternatives. Moreover, they did not create enough jobs for the youth of Mawphlang constituency and the state in general.”

On the appalling state of healthcare, he said, “If the doctor (in health centres) suggests five medicines, only one will be available and the other four have to be purchased from private pharmacies. There are no appropriate facilities for diagnosis of diseases. So, inevitably travelling to Shillong is the only option for treating any illness.”

On the state government’s FOCUS scheme for farmers, Rynjah said none has got any money. Moreover, “during a disastrous flood last year, instead of reaching the ground to help the farmers whose agricultural lands were flooded, this government has only sent a crew to capture the flooded fields”.

Rynjah will be facing NPP’s Kennedy Khyriem, who joined the party from Congress, UDP’s Mathew Kurbah, BJP’s Wossarroi Rani, Congress’s Dannyson Kurbah, PDF’s Auspicious Mawphlang and VPP’s Doristar Marbaniang.

Rynjah said he would carry out late SK Sunn’s “good work” in the constituency. Sunn, who represented the constituency, died in September 2021.

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