The East Jaintia National Council (EJNC), on September 8, claimed that the state government is biased when it comes to distribution of schemes and asserted that most schemes go to Garo Hills.
Addressing a press conference, EJNC president Sambormi Lyngdoh said, “We have seen the partiality of the government in regards to sanctioning of schemes. Till date no scheme has been sanctioned for two residential schools and Teachers’ Training Center.”
While informing that the two residential schools are situated at Umtyra and Jalaphet, and the training center at Umtrya, he pointed out that the government will be setting up a girls’ hostel at Tura, where the College of Teachers Education was also recently inaugurated.
As far as road connectivity is concerned, Lyngdoh pointed out that the government sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the Rajabala-Garobadha road (from North East Infrastructure Development Scheme) but the government left out the dilapidated road construction at Sumer, Pala, Muknor, and Khahnar which opens all the way to Saipung.
He recalled that a black flag rally was also held recently demanding the government to fix the bad road condition.
He stated that Jaintia Hills is a revenue-earning district through coal and limestone and the government should pay keen attention to this district.
“We demand (from the government) to provide the same development in Jaintia hills as is being done in Garo Hills,” he said.