SHILLONG: Meghalaya government has sought Rs 7 crore for maintaining security during the 12th edition of South Asian Games, formerly known as the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games, to be held at Guwahati and Shillong from February 6 next.
The demand was placed before Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was here to inaugurate the Games office and to review the preparedness of the State capital, on Wednesday.
However, the officials from Union Government said that the State Home Department should take up the matter with the Ministry of Home Affairs “since there is no budgetary provision for security as far as hosting of the event is concerned.”
Assam Government has also sought fund for maintaining security during the event.
In the meeting, the State Government also demanded installation of CCTV cameras to which the officials said that there are around 4000 cameras with the Union Government which can be utilized during the event.
SHILLONG: The AICC general secretary in-charge Meghalaya V. Narayanasamy, who reached Delhi on Wednesday night along with his deputy Vijay Laxmi Sadho, after their Meghalaya visit since Sunday, will apprise the High Command the political situation in the state arising out of the stand- off between Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Chief Executive Member of KHADC P N Syiem over the issue of passing of dual post Bill.
“I will apprise the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi about the political situation in the state in a day or two”, Narayanasamy said over phone from Delhi on Wednesday.
Asked about the formula to end the current stalemate, the AICC leader said that since it was an internal matter of the party, the issue will be solved amicably.
“I have just arrived. The political situation in the state will be discussed with the party leadership in Delhi and we will try to solve the issue in an amicable manner,” Narayanasamy said.
To a question on whether the KHADC CEM will be summoned to Delhi to meet the top Congress leaders to find a lasting solution to the pending matter, the AICC leader said that he had not communicated anything in this regard to Syiem.
During his Shillong visit, the AICC general secretary met the KHADC CEM and held detailed discussion with him.
Sources said that Syiem had conveyed to the AICC leader his unhappiness in the style of functioning of the Chief Minister as he had not consulted him and the Congress legislators prior to the tabling of the dual post Bill in the Assembly. Syiem had also told the AICC leader his inability to step down from the post of CEM as it will be against the aspirations of the people of his constituency.
When contacted , Syiem said that he had already briefed the AICC general secretary about the political situation in the state while stating that he was not asked by the AICC leader to meet the Congress President and Vice President in Delhi.
He also said in the negative to a question on whether he was offered any cabinet berth in the Government to end the current impasse
SHILLONG: From Dohkrut to ‘De Cruz’ and Sun to ‘Sunn’, the intentional respelling of many Khasi surnames to get a touch of the foreign names, has angered the members of KHADC on Tuesday.
KHNAM member Adelbert Nongrum took exception to the respelling of certain Khasi surnames during the debate on the motion moved by him on the need to protect, and safeguard the indigenous tribes on the second day of the Winter Session of the KHADC.
“As a means to empower the indigenous tribe, the people should be aware on the spellings of certain Khasi surnames, for instance Dohkrut is written as ‘De Cruz’, Sun as ‘Sunn’. Hence, l there should be a complete structure to reframe customary laws of the Land as the Council is the custodian of the rights of indigenous people.”, Nongrum said.
He observed that the indigenous tribes are imitating the western culture and putting aside the values bestowed on the people since time immemorial.
“If we carry on with the current trend of imitating the West, we may end up marrying persons from the same clan, and hence it is the need of the hour for the Council to take note of the issue,” he asserted.
Nongrum said that there should be a thorough scrutiny before issuing a Scheduled Tribe certificate and wanted the Federation of Traditional Dorbar to convene a meeting of the Raid, Dorbar and all the clans for the proper recognition of the clans.
HSPDP member Pyniaid Sing Syiem,, echoed the same by adding that the Council should maintain a record of all the surnames of the Khasi tribes. “The Khasi customary law, surnames, issuing of Scheduled Tribe certificates and others should be placed on record and subsequently followed by the Council.”, he said.
Replying to the motion, the CEM P.N.Syiem agreed that it is high time for the Council to look into the matter, “The Council will take note of the transferring of surnames, adopting Khasi surnames by non Khasis, and we may even bring amendment to the KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) Act, 1997 to prevent any dilution.”
SHILLONG: The better child sex ratio and positive approach to girl child in Meghalaya and the rest of the North East was an inspiration behind the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme initiated by the Modi government at the Centre.
“The North East which had better child sex ratio (0-6) compared to others states, was a case study to help launch the ambitious scheme,” said A.L. Sharada, an NGO leader from Mumbai representing Population First, which focuses on empowerment of women and children.
While Meghalaya has a girl child sex ratio of 970 per 1000 boys (0-6 years) as per the 2011 Census, the sex ratios of other Northeastern states are Arunachal Pradesh (960), Nagaland (944), Manipur (934), Mizoram (971), Tripura (953), Assam (957) and Sikkim (944).
“Considering the current national average of 914, the sex ratio in the Northeast is comparatively higher,” Sharada said while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.
The NGO leader, however, said that compared to the 2001 Census, there has been reduction in the child sex ratio in the Northeast as per 2011 Census which is a cause of concern and needs to be addressed.
Moreover, as per the Census in terms of urban and rural areas of the North East, there is significant increase in sex ratio in the rural areas of some states compared to urban centres.
The NGO, Population First, is a communication and advocacy initiative for a balanced, planned and stable population.
The NGO was in the city to call entries from media persons for the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for gender sensitivity.
The awards were instituted under the name, Laadli (darling daughter) to highlight empowerment of girls and details will be available on www.populationfirst.org
Sharada said the intention to institute awards for media persons in 13 languages was to encourage them to highlight the issues of gender sensitivity through their writings, and audio- visual contents.
SHILLONG: The KHADC Executive Committee on Wednesday admitted that the Council office was congested as far as availability of parking space was concerned but at the same time turned down demands and suggestions of the members to relocate the Council office citing lack of funds.
Replying to a motion moved by UDP member Teinwell Dkhar, on the second day of the winter session of the KHADC, Jansing Tynsong, EM in charge of Council Building, admitted that the Council was facing the problem of congestion.
Tynsong said that the Executive Committee will hold a meeting to decide on possible relocation of the Council office to another convenient site, but added that fund constraints would be an insurmountable obstacle.
KHNAM MDC Adelbert Nongrum and HSPDP member Pyniaid Sing Syiem suggested that the Council could increase its dwindling revenue collection by relocating the office to another convenient site and converting the existing building into a multiplex.
TURA, Oct 28: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) led by its area commander Hedio Ch Momin (Karak) on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Chokpot, Jude Rangku T Sangma while he was on his way to Tura from the town of Chokpot.
Sangma was kidnapped while coming back to Tura along with two of his friends who were allegedly chased away by the militants.
TURA, Oct 28: The clamour seeking the unconditional release of the abducted Block Development Officer (BDO) of Chokpot, Jude Rangku T Sangma got louder a day after his kidnapping by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants. Immediately after the incident was reported on Tuesday, social media went into overdrive seeking the immediate and unconditional release of the BDO.
The clamour was taken up once again on Wednesday with more joining in the condemnation. The Mindikgre unit of the Garo Students Union (GSU) on Wednesday appealed to the abductors of the BDO to release the officer unharmed in the interest of development of the region.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: Pointing out that both the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the State Government is in a bad financial condition, the former Chairperson of the Council, Teilinia Thangkhiew on Wednesday stressed on the need for the Council to have its own fund besides improving its revenue generation.
Thangkhiew also said that this financial constraint has resulted in the present condition where the MDCs are yet to get their shares rendering them unable to distribute schemes to the people.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: In a significant move that is bound to cause a stir with Assam, the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (KHADC) on Wednesday announced that it is offering free registration of land to the residents of those areas along the inter – state border which are currently under dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.
“The Executive Committee (EC) has decided to give free registration of land to the people residing along the inter-state border dispute with Assam,” Executive Member in-charge Land, Mines and Minerals Donevan Wanlang said while replying to a motion moved by opposition Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) MDC from Mawshynrut Morningstar Mawsor on Wednesday.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: While pointing out that the anglicizing of clan names has created a lot of confusion and that the same is bound to do so for the future generations, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), PN Syiem informed that the council is mooting the need to come out with a bill to prevent such anglicizing of these clan names.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: The Ordinance of the Government of Meghalaya which seeks to empower the traditional heads and institutions of the state has officially lapsed on midnight of October 28, 2015.
As per a press release issued by the Special Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Law Department on Wednesday, it was informed that the Meghalaya Local Administration (Empowerment of Traditional Institutions, Traditional Bodies and Headmen in Governance and Public Delivery System) Ordinance 2015 (Ordinance No. 1 of 2015), promulgated by the Governor on 29.5.2015 lapsed at midnight of October 28, 2015.
SHILLONG, Oct 28: Slamming the move of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma where he had publically published the letter sent to its President and Secretary, the Synjuk ki Nongbishar Shnong ka Bri U Hynniewtrep (SNSBH) on Wednesday said that this is an attempt of the Chief Minister to mislead the people from attending the Mega march (Procession) on the pretext that the State Govt is trying to resolve the issues that motivated the Mega March.
The SNSBH also said that the move reflects the irresponsible and inefficient leadership quality of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers.
SHILLONG: KHADC CEM P.N. Syiem on Tuesday tabled the amendment of the United Khasi-Jaintia Hills District (Establishment of Town Committee) Third Amendment Bill, 2015 on the first day of the two-day winter session of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.
Speaking to media persons later, he said, “The amendment of Section 8 was necessitated as in the absence of town committees all functions will have to be performed by the Executive Committee.”
After the House passes the Bill, it will be forwarded to the District Council Affairs department for the Governor’s assent.
With the amendment of section 8 where there is provision for regulation of construction of new buildings or houses or the extension /alteration of existing ones, the Executive Committee will implement the building regulations in the absence of a town committee.
On the issue of de-notification of the KHADC Building Byelaws by the State Government, Executive member Neil Antonio War, while replying to a query by Teilinia Thangkhiew, said, “The Executive Committee will consult legal experts and armed with legal expertise they will approach and question the Government on the de-notification.”
“We need solid foundation before approaching the government and legal experts will be consulted on this issue,” he added.
The KHADC CEM, meanwhile, informed that a branch office of the council at Mawkyrwat has been inaugurated and the monthly rent is Rs.2000.
The office functions with a staff consisting of a Superintendent of Tax, Assistant Sub-Inspector, casual LDA, 2 casual peons, casual cleaner and a casual chowkidar.
“The KHADC will intend to have its own office soon,” Syiem added.
Rich tribute paid to Hoping Stone
KHADC MDCs on Tuesday mourned the demise of veteran politician H.S. Lyngdoh who passed away on September 26 and M. Kharpran, a former member of the council, who breathed his last on October 15.
Recalling late Lyngdoh as an icon, Neil Antonio War said, “He would be willing to give his life to settle the land border issue and as for Marbok he was a man of few words; his death is a loss to the society as a whole.”
The House fondly remembered the dedication and hard work of the politicians in their services to the people. Lyngdoh was looked upon as an icon and for his simplicity while Kharpran was known to be a man of few words who had contributed to the welfare of the Council and the State, the MDCs observed.
The House also observed a minute of silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
Tura: The Block Development Officer (BDO) of militancy affected Chokpot region in South Garo Hills district has been abducted by suspected GNLA militants near Deku on Tuesday afternoon.
The 2010 Meghalaya Civil Service batch officer, Jude Rangku T Sangma, left Chokpot block office around 4:30 pm enroute to Tura and had stopped over at a funeral of a relative in Deku Deganggre village, 25 km from Chokpot town.
He reportedly drove his government allotted green Mahindra Armada jeep (ML01-1570) in the absence of his driver and was accompanied by two other persons from Chokpot.
The kidnapping is learnt to have taken place after the young officer had paid his respects at the funeral home and was proceeding towards Tura.
The armed rebels took the BDO hostage and chased away his two companions while leaving the vehicle behind on the roadside.
Police came to know of the officer’s disappearance only by late evening, around 7 pm, when all attempts at reaching the BDO proved futile.
The vehicle has since been recovered by police.
Police sources reveal that GNLA commander Hedeo Ch Momin alias Karak was the mastermind behind the kidnapping of the BDO.
The young officer has been serving in the Chokpot block for around two years and had received several threats and extortion demand by the GNLA commander.
The militant leader had been at loggerheads with the officer for refusing to comply with his financial demands.
Despite the threats he continued to discharge his duties and was a frequent visitor to remote villages to inspect the project works undertaken by the block.
In view of the threat perception to the officer, the government was made aware of the need to shift him out to a safer location such as Tura but it never materialized as the post was given to someone else.
This is the third instance of a BDO in Garo Hills getting abducted by militants and the second by the banned GNLA.
In 2012, P.K. Boro, the BDO of Dadenggre block in West Garo Hills was kidnapped from the block office in broad daylight by GNLA militants. He was released only on the eve of Christmas, the same year, after 34 days of captivity.
Previously, the BDO of Selsella, Dr. D. Roy was kidnapped by ANVC militants from Selsella region during the height of the ANVC militancy.
SHILLONG: The Village Administration Bill, 2015 which has become the bone of contention between the State Government and the various traditional heads, has been forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs for examination by Governor V. Shanmuganthan.
In his reply to a query by Mylliem MDC Teilinia Thangkhiew during the winter session of the KHADC on Tuesday, CEM P.N. Syiem informed that the Bill has been sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs after which the Governor will give his assent.
SHILLONG: Though filing of nomination papers for the November 21 Nongstoin by-poll starts on Wednesday, the political parties are yet to decide on their candidates.
Only one week has been allotted for the parties and candidates to file their nominations and the sudden announcement of the election date had delayed the process of selection of candidates.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had on Monday admitted that the announcement of the by-poll was sudden, but added that the election process has to go on.
The Congress, UDP, HSPDP and others are yet to finalize their candidates.
While sitting Nongstoin legislator Hoping Stone Lyngdoh passed away on September 26, he was laid to rest on September 29, and the announcement of the by-poll was on October 21.
The last date for filing of nominations is November 4.
SHILLONG: The High Court of Meghalaya has directed the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nongpoh, to take prompt steps for completing the committal proceeding of the P.J. Marbaniang death case so that the concerned Court of Sessions may dispose of the case expeditiously.
Advocate General K.S. Kynjing submitted at the Bar that after completion of the investigation, charge sheet for the offence under Section 306 of the IPC had been submitted to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nongpoh.
N. Syngkon, counsel for the petitioner, contended that there were several flaws in the charge sheet filed by the Special Investigating Authority.
“Several flaws so contended by N. Syngkon, learned counsel for the petitioner, can be effectively put up before the learned Court of Sessions at the time of consideration of the charge. It is clear under the CrPC that if the concerned Court of Sessions is not satisfied with the charge sheet submitted by the investigating authority for reason that there are several flaws in the charge sheet, the learned Court can pass appropriate order for further investigation or any order which it deems appropriate,” the High Court order said.
The High Court, meanwhile, returned the charge sheet without opening the sealed cover as the matter is to be taken up by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Nongpoh, and the concerned Court of Sessions.
The matter has been listed again for November 24.
SHILLONG: Buoyed with the BJP’s success in Garo Hills, having managed to secure one seat in the GHADC, party leader and Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal, on Tuesday said the party will be a deciding factor in the Government formation after the 2018 polls in Meghalaya.
“We will definitely make an impact in the 2018 Assembly polls in Meghalaya,” Sonowal told reporters here on Tuesday evening.
The Minister said that since the BJP led Government at the Centre has provided good governance with accountability, this will reflect in the future elections all over the country.
He also referred to many Congress leaders from Assam joining the party which, according to him will result in BJP playing the most important role in the upcoming Assam Assembly elections.
Neglect charge denied
The BJP leader has denied the view of AICC general secretary in charge Meghalaya V. Narayanasamy that the Centre was neglecting Meghalaya and the rest of the Northeastern states as it had withdrawn grants and special category status.
Countering the charge of the Congress leader, Sonowal said the Niti Aayog formed by the Centre with the participation of all the chief ministers is a right step to address the concerns of the respective states.
“In the recent past, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had announced over Rs.1 lakh crore for infrastructure development for the Northeast in the next five years.
“Moreover, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had also announced projects for the development of railways in the North East for the next five years with an estimated cost of Rs.28,000 crore,” Sonowal said.
Youth clubs solution to militancy
Asked about youths joining militant groups in Garo Hills resulting in violent incidents, the Union Minister said that his ministry has several projects to empower the youths including formation of youth clubs at the village level which can help in channelizing the youth energy.
The formation of youth clubs at the village level with Deputy Commissioners as members will help the weaning away youths from militancy, he said.
“Every youth should participate in the national programmes including the Make India initiative and take up careers offered by the Government. The Centre and the state government will co operate as the Prime Minister has emphasized the federal structure of central-state relations to work together to empower the youths,” the Minister said.
The International Terra
Madre, a conclave of
indigenous peoples worldwide is scheduled to be held in Shillong from November 3-7. The local name for this event is International Mei Ramew (meaning mother earth in Khasi). The event talks about reclaiming food biodiversity and food sovereignty. The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) is anchoring this mega event and has been working for over two years to plan and execute it. The Shillong Times spoke to Phrang Roy, President NESFAS to give an insight into the Slow Food Movement and why it is relevant to indigenous peoples.
ST: For the benefit of the uninitiated could you tell us briefly what the ITM is all about and whether Slow Food is a counterpoint to Fast Food?
PR: The Slow Food philosophy can be summed up as good, clean and fair and an emphasis that we, as consumers, are co-producers. These values are embraced by over 10,000 members in 160 countries. We now have successful farmers’ markets in the US; Africa is known for its large network of community and school gardens and Italy is known for its emphasis on the diversity of regional food products. All these are important contributions which link the pleasure of tasty food to environmental responsibility.
NESFAS is collaborating with Indigenous Partnership, a global organisation to give a regional and national outlook on “Sustainable Foods”. We learn from grassroots people, who have for generations been watching and listening to nature and forming their beliefs and knowledge systems. This is in tune with the seasonal calendar from which are born the cultural traditions, songs, dances and prayers. This is the indigenous version of “Slow food” which is in tandem with the word sustainable agro-ecology.
The bio-cultural models and interpretations of the Slow Food philosophy is different for those still connected to their lands, and where consumers also produce the food they eat. These include indigenous peoples, pastoralists, swidden farmers, fishermen and herders. Their habitats also coincide with the most biodiversity rich areas that provide the resource for their dietary and other needs. The Indigenous Partnership gives voice to the marginalized. For instance swidden (jhum) farmers across South Asia grow diverse food crops. The use and value behind those crops is communicated through stories, myth and dances that interpret nature and people as interdependent. But for a long time this practice was deemed inefficient and destructive because we only looked at one side of the coin.
ST: What is the programme line up for the 4 days?
The plenary and thematic sessions at Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 (ITM 2015) are designed as forums to explore the above concepts and to spark future collaborative initiatives. ITM 2015 will take place in various locations in and around Shillong. Day 1-3 will take place at the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Convocation Hall which will be open only to ITM delegates and invited guests due to space constraints.
On Day 1 the Inauguration Ceremony is at the Convocation Hall followed by Plenary, Track sessions and Taste Workshops over days 2 & 3. Taste workshops will connect the participating delegates to the pleasure and importance of eating local food. Honey, Wild edibles, fermented food and insects will address the significance of consuming neglected and under-utilised plants. Hopefully the Taste Workshops will help participants discover the lesser known delicacies, indulge in eco gastronomy and learn from producers, chefs and farmers.
The Chief Minister is keen to share these indigenous thoughts and flavours with local audience hence we have something called “ITM on Campus” where institutions will be the harbours for indigenous knowledge through lectures, exhibitions and film festivals. This programme will be shared with the public during the first three days of the conference.
Theatre of Taste sessions will be held at the IHM where groups from Slow Food Germany and Slow Food USA will demonstrate the concept of curing and “Slow Meat” from rearing to butchery. The aim is to inspire and educate about animal welfare and hygienic standards of meat production. The workshops will bring together local and international butchers and those in animal husbandry to share and exchange knowledge and ideas on good, clean and fair meat production. The cuts will then be used at the Mei-Ramew Food festival at Mawphlang on 7th November. The closing session will unveil the “Shillong Declaration” to be shared with the 58 participating countries and global organisations like the United Nations.
ST : How many international guests are you expecting and from how many countries? Why do you think they would want to be part of the IMR travelling long distances?
We have confirmed participation form 600 delegates from around 58 countries. They are all travelling to share the common denominator of concerns which ties them together – the sustainability of indigenous knowledge systems wedded by land, foodways and culture. The numerator for this equation is their call to the world, “The Future We Want”.
ST: How are you looking at promoting indigenous culinary traditions through Indigenous Terra Madre 2015?
We must first understand the strengths and weaknesses of our own gastronomic traditions.
The prime strength of the North East and many indigenous cultures is the immense diversity of food items with unique flavours and the connectedness of people to their lands. Conversations with farmers reveal that they perceive a better taste from organically home-grown foods as compared to market produce. The weakness of our local cuisine is often the aesthetic and hygienic conditions in how we present and serve our food.
Currently the rich bio-cultural diversity behind food is not much valued by the urbanites. Even the rural youth is losing touch with the values of local food. They now go for processed, packaged foods like instant noodles or chips. So we must outsmart the fast food companies. Their food looks clean and hygienic and is neatly packaged so we are attracted to them. But these foods have led to modern life style diseases like obesity. If we can glamorise our cuisines and reinstate a sense of belonging to our own cuisines, we can become the trendsetters of tomorrow. Hence KFC will be called “Khasi Fine Cuisine”. You will be able to get a taste of this idea in our fine-dining area- the ITM Kitchen.
At ITM we will showcase these ideas through our cook’s alliance which has created innovative ways of preparing items such as Putharo (some examples of innovative recipes). We have the strong support of ITC chef Manjit Gill who has praised the culinary potential of the Northeast and will be interacting with the youth and communities.
There is also a butchery workshop since people here are big meat eaters but the hygienic standards are quite weak. All these workshops will be running with what is locally available and drawing from the knowledge of communities and their produce.
We are also planning to bring people closer to their bio-cultural roots of taste by hosting themed workshops on honey. Did you know that each honey’s taste is determined by the flowering season, which in turn is determined by the management of peoples and their forests? We will also in the process learn to appreciate the taste of grilled insect meats and many wild edibles that are healthy but that might need to be prepared in new ways for us to appreciate them.
ST: Is the Govt supportive of this event? Who are the other partners from the North East you are teaming with? Is this movement likely to expand across the region?
One of our campaign points has been “Join the moment, it’s a movement”. The ITM 2015 has brought all stakeholders together like two sides of the “development coin”- the people and the Government! The Government has truly supported us and partnered to make this possible not only with financial support but also by upgrading the urban and rural service lines. It all began with the 41 host villages joining hands with NESFAS and working towards set guidelines for hosting delegates. We have worked with villages which have since been declared ODF (Open defecation free), our work with BDOs as they ensure that the roads allow access and cleanliness standards are maintained.
All Government departments are organising their resources to welcome our guests. From the Transport to the Police department managing and training volunteers, to MUDA helping with branding allocations and urban upgradation. The IT department is allowing us to access better setup for internet connectivity. The DCs from all Districts have helped us in every effort to maintain standards and communication. In the East Khasi Hills we have a cleanup drive suggested and guided by the DC on Oct 29th and 30 involving schools and colleges of Shillong. The DIPR is supporting with advertising and free communication on the MIIS system to Shillong and all the districts of Meghalaya.
We believe these current tie-ups with Government will lead to stronger bonds with our indigenous roots and can also reveal to the world the heritage and opportunities we can offer. We are currently exploring the idea of an agro-ecology school, and to attach the knowledge gained there to our school garden projects. This will not only build progressive farming methods and agrobiodiversity, but also to look into how a value-led production system can transform our food networks for a better tomorrow.
Similarly, we have adopted the idea of Slow Food’s Chef’s alliance and turned it into a “Cook’s” alliance as we believe that women from remote villages have skills and knowledge to understand what “good food” means. There are significant studies mentioned before on well being, matriarchal societies and nutrition which will lead to a long-term dialogue globally truly translating our efforts for “local voices – global audience” and also, “The Future We Want- Indigenous perspective and actions.”
SHILLONG: NCP MLA and former Deputy Speaker Sanbor Shullai has denied reports that he wants to join the state Cabinet and had submitted a letter in this regard to AICC in charge Meghalaya V Narayanswamy.
An emergency meeting of the NCP’s State unit was held here on Tuesday to discuss the matter.
In a statement issued here, the NCP clarified that no letter was submitted to the AICC general secretary in-charge Meghalaya either by Shullai or any other NCP member. However, when contacted, the AICC General Secretary confirmed that Shullai had met him on Sunday evening. Without divulging the mode of discussion, Naryanasmay only said, “it was a courtesy call”.