Shillong, April 12 : The Meghalaya Government headed by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma have decided not to observe Digital India Day on April 14 in opposition against the Narendra Modi’s Government as it falls on Good Friday, the occasion is widely observed by the Christians across the state. Against the decision to observe Sangma said the state government will not participate in such programmes which aim at diluting the secular fabric of the nation, according to a report.
“I will write to the Prime Minister as it is necessary for me to express concern on behalf of the people with special reference to the North East, which have a major chunk of Christian community,” he said.
He said the state government has officially intimated the Union Cabinet Secretary in this regard.
Lambasting at the Centre’s decision, Mukul said “We have to be candid in asking what their agenda is. The identification of dates – observing Good Governance Day on Christmas and now Digital India Day on Good Friday – are they (BJP-led NDA) trying to marginalise the minority?”
“BJP is creating a perception in the North East that everything is good with their style of functioning and the people of NE should accept them. This testimony is not based on facts.
“Congress will provide a more stable government in Meghalaya, capable of turning round the whole socio-economic landscape of the state,” he said expressing confidence that the ruling Congress will return to power after the state Assembly elections in 2018.
Meanwhile, Digital India, which is creating a global buzz with its massive outreach and innovative solutions, has attracted the attention of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.
MIT students have invited senior minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for a day-long brain-storming session on Digital India to discuss the progress made by India in digitisation, the challenges that lies ahead and its impact on the socio-economic fabric of the country.
“It is indeed heartening to see that the transformational programs of our government such as Digital India, Skill India, Stand-Up India, Aadhaar etc are generating curiosity among some of the best institutions of the world,” the Union IT minister said in a statement issued by organisers of the annual MIT-India Conference.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha member and NPP president Conrad Sangma has called upon the Prime Minister to defer the Digital India Day so that the secular fabric of India remains honoured, both in writing and spirit.
In a letter to PM Modi on Wednesday (April 12), while expressing best wishes to the celebration to the Digital India Day celebration, Sangma however, maintained that the celebration falls on April 14 which is also Good Friday and pursuing Digital India day celebration might hurt the sentiment of the Christian communities in India.
TNT News with inputs from the Hindustan Times
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