Press Releases

03 December 2020

Press Release No. 1031/20


The Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in a Notification issued on 3rd December, 2020 has informed that the State Government has declared the 4th December, 2020 as Meghalaya Farmers’ Day.

Press Release No. 1032/20


The International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020 with the theme “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”, was observed today with a formal function held at Yojana Bhawan Auditorium in the city. Chief Minister, Shri Conrad K. Sangma graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Minister in charge Social Welfare, Shri Kyrmen Shylla as the Guest of Honour. During his address the Chief Minister said that the celebration of this special day is an important event in promoting the rights of the people with disabilities. He said that the aim of observing this day each year is to increase awareness, and understanding, of disability issues, and the gains to be derived from the integration of people with a disability in every aspect of life. He added that the observance of this day is an opportunity for all to pause and look both at what has been achieved, and what is still left to do. ‘We as citizens, as political leaders, government officials and society as a whole need to look back and review to some extent what we have done good and maybe a lot of things that we still need to do’, he said.

The Chief Minister said that the Government is focused on creating the right policies that enable opportunities for full and equitable participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society‘. The 100 point roster system for 4 percent job reservation for PWDs ensures that every 25th post goes to a person with disability. The Government must play its role not just to clear the policies but also ensure that it is implemented in letter and spirit. Apart from the different schemes that are available for the welfare of PWDs I think these small aspects of ensuring that policies are implemented in the right way is something that the Government needs to do’, the Chief Minister said.

During his address Social Welfare Minister, Shri Kyrmen Shylla spoke at length on the various schemes and programs directly aimed for the upliftment, rehabilitation and empowerment of persons with disabilities and urged PWDs to avail these through the Social Welfare and allied departments.

During the function the Chief Minister unveiled the State Disability Logo. The second edition of the Meghalaya Sign Bank App was also launched by the Chief Minister. The app is available for both IoS and android users. Two students with disabilities were also felicitated for their outstanding achievements by the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour. An awareness and promotional video on the Unique Disability ID (UDID) was also released during the programme.

Press Release No. 1033/20


Based on reports that 3 (three) positive COVID-19 cases are detected in Rani Building at Block-D, Madanrting, which houses 52 (fifty two) families in different units having close proximity to each other and a common entry and exit and in order to facilitate active surveillance and testing and to prevent against any possible spread of COVID-19, the District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong in an order issued on 3rd December 2020 has declared the above mentioned building as a Containment Area so as to restrict unregulated entry and exit on the site. According to the order, no person shall be allowed to move into the containment area and inhabitants within this area shall not move out. All the inhabitants within the containment area shall strictly remain inside their home. The Incident Commander, Zone-VI, Shillong shall supervise and monitor strict compliance of the order and any violation of the order shall entail prosecution under the penal provision of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and I.P.C.

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