SHILLONG, Dec 23: The supposedly ‘Good Governance Day’ in Meghalaya turned into a damp squib. The ‘Good Governance Day’ is supposed to be observed on December 25, the birthday of the former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. It was officially preponed to ensure that it would not collide with the Christmas festival in this Christian majority state.
Interestingly, the absence of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and most of his cabinet colleagues along with other top political functionaries in the State Secretariat on Friday clearly manifested the saga of ignorance or ego of the government in power. Going by the entry register in the State Secretariat till around 2.40 pm, three ministers who attended office in the forenoon included Roshan Warjri, Snaiwbhalng Dhar and Prestone Tynsong.
The Parliamentary Secretaries were not seen till the end of the office hours. Many have left for their respective homes and constituencies for the week long Christmas vacation. Moreover, they wanted pilot cars and escorts that prompted the Police to even requisitioned private vehicles to achieve thepurpose.
Two additional Chief Secretaries and some other top officials were working while the Chief Secretary KS Kropha is understood to be in New Delhi for an official work when The Sentinel tip toed the two buildings of the State Secretariat
Nothing definite is known for the reason that the so called ‘Good Governance Day’ is not being observed in the manner as desired by the Union Government. A senior official said, “There is no directive to observe December 23rd as good governance day”. “We work as usual and there has been no official directive to commemorate such a day”, the official stated.
The Meghalaya government’s official works will lumber from December 24 to January 2 on account of the holidays declared by the government. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma could not be contacted for his comments, but a senior member in the state Cabinet Prestone Tynsog said, “Devotion, dedication and responsibility on a day to day basis amounts to good governance and fixing a single day for mere display is not my thinking.”
Source: The Sentinel Assam
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