Wednesday, December 7, 2022

‘Efforts on to take M’laya among Top 10 States’: Conrad


Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Monday said efforts are on to take the State forward with a goal of making the state among the top 10 states in the coming years.
“To be able to do that it requires us to do things that are meaningful in different sectors like sports and youth affairs, tourism, health, education, agriculture,” he said after inaugurating the second edition of Shillong Literary Festival, 2022 at Ward’s Lake, Shillong.
He further said that challenges like urbanization with its inherent problems like traffic, pollution, deforestation, drug menace among the youth, environmental issues are the challenges that the State faces and urged the writers to look into the issues and reflect it in their writings for the people of the country and the world to connect to issues.
Talking about the festival, CM, Conrad said that the Literary Festival was to celebrate the authors, writers and also to inspire the young budding authors and writers especially the young students to ensure that the habit of reading and the interest into literature grows. “The policies and programs of the government work towards trying to make Shillong and Meghalaya a high end tourism destination which we feel that we have a huge potential in,” he added.
Addressing the youth who had attended the festival in large numbers, the Chief Minister said the youth is a very important aspect for the government and that they are greatest strength of the nation.
He ensured that opportunities in various fields are provided for them to shape their futures in right manner.
He further added that the different programs and festivals are not just events but part of a much bigger plan to take the state forward and allow the youth to engage, shaping them in the right manner.
The three days Literary Festival celebrates literature, culture not only of Meghalaya but diverse cultures and traditions and provides citizens an insight into the rich art forms. It also provides children and youth engagement with writers, artists, film makers and eminent personalities. The festival also has numerous bookshops.

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