Shillong: Matrilineal Meghalaya on Saturday
honoured three women for their exemplary services and
contribution to the state on account of Meghalaya`s 40th
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma handed over Rs 50,000 and
a certificate to the trio at a grand statehood celebration
held at U Soso Tham auditorium here.
For her contribution in communication services, art
and literature, S Sweety Diengdoh was awarded with the U Tirot
Diengdoh who was former director of Doordarshan
Kendra, Shillong and had also commissioned the first FM radio
station in the north-east at Jorhat.
A nun, sister Rose Kayathinkara of the Medical Mission
Sisters from Mendipathar in East Garo Hills, was awarded Pa
Togan Sangma award 2012.
She was awarded for pioneering rubber plantation in
the Garo hills which the government believes will contribute
to the improvement of farmers` livelihood.
A young boxer Roshni Bhusal was awarded the U Kiang
Nangbah Award for her contributions in the fields of sports.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma also launched new
government initiatives - e-services of taxation department and
the Meghalaya Tourism Development and Investment Promotion
The e-services is aimed at bringing transparency and
to cut down any form of manipulation in the taxation
The MTDIP scheme is aimed at providing incentives and
promoting local entrepreneurs in the field of tourism.
Mukul also distributed the cleanest locality award to
Mission Compound and Lummawrie of Shillong city besides
rewarding police personnel with Police Award to meritorious
In his speech, Mukul said, "At forty, we see the state
as capable of achieving more milestones and to take on
challenges ahead of us".
"Based on the aspirations of the people of the state,
the government will respond to ensure responding to the dreams
of the people," he said.
The CM urged his partners in the government "to derive
maximum benefit from the enormous potentialities of each and
every individual in the state".
He said, "We are proud to claim that we have an
enormous human resources and blessed with natural resources
for which the government will utilise in the right perspective
for the growth we are targeting".
As part of the keeping with the government`s promises,
Mukul announced that different programs will be launched in
line with the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood
Program on a mission mode.
"Aqua-culture, tourism, livestock, horticulture and
weaving mission besides natural water resources program will
be designed according to their potentialities to match our
growth along with the rest of the country," he said.