SHILLONG: 4 April 2023 (PTI Source)
ACHIK (The A·chik Conscious Holistically Integrated Krima) is calling for Tura, a scenic town in Meghalaya, to be recognized as the state's second capital. In a recent memorandum addressed to the Meghalaya government, the organization highlighted the significance and the need to establish Tura as Meghalaya’s Winter Capital.
The demand for Tura to be granted equal status as Meghalaya's second capital is gaining momentum, with ACHIK pushing for its inclusion on the state's official list. It believes that recognizing Tura as the second capital will bring development to the region and create opportunities for the local population.
ACHIK has also warned of the consequences of continued delays in the implementation of this critical decision. The organization stressed that any postponement would only result in more unfairness and disappointment for the people of Garo Hills, who have been waiting for a long time to see their dreams come true. The organization’s memorandum reminds the government of the promises made by the leaders of the Hills State Movement during the creation of the state of Meghalaya. The memorandum stresses the importance of fulfilling these promises and realizing the vision of the people of Garo Hills.
The memorandum was signed by the organization's president, Thomas Marak, VP Greneth Sangma, and Gen.Secy. Adv. Ms. Bernita Marak. They emphasized that the current government must act to fulfill this promise that has been pending for a long time.
ACHIK's demand for Tura to be recognized as the Winter Capital of Meghalaya is not just a long-standing aspiration of the people of Garo Hills, but a critical step towards unlocking the region's vast potential. The organization has also cited the need for equal development and fair treatment of the Garo Hills region. The region has remained backward due to poor infrastructure and underdevelopment, with most of its interior parts still inaccessible.
ACHIK suggests that establishing a Winter Capital in Tura from October to March and a Summer Capital in Shillong from April to September would ensure the government's presence in both regions at different times of the year and enable them to address the issues specific to each area. This would result in fair and efficient governance, considering the socio-ethnic diversity of Meghalaya, as many other Indian states with multiple capitals have demonstrated.
ACHIK's demand for Tura to be recognized as the second capital of Meghalaya is a crucial step towards ensuring fair and equal treatment of the people and the town. The government must take immediate action to establish a Winter Capital in Tura, shift the AS, GOI, from Shillong to Tura, and post the offices of Additional Chief Secretary and Additional DGP (Police) permanently in Tura, to expedite the implementation process of devolution of power and promote development in the Garo Hills region.
In recent years, Tura has witnessed significant development, with several new infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, and airports, transforming the town's landscape. Recognizing Tura as the second capital of Meghalaya would not only promote equal development but also unlock the region's vast potential.
The Garo Hills region is known for its natural beauty, diverse cultural heritage, and the enthusiasm of its people. The region's recognition as the state's second capital would provide a boost to the local economy and create opportunities for the people, leading to a more vibrant and sustainable future for all.