SHILLONG, August 30: After the recent publication of the NITI Aayog report on the assessment of the districts of the Northeast region on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR) pointed out that Meghalaya was watching a “development abyss of hunger, unemployment, poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition”.
In a statement released here, TUR said the recently released NITI Aayog report highlighted glaring failures in terms of social development, in which Meghalaya is at the bottom when it comes to important metrics.
“This report points to rot in our governance, and as we move towards 50 years of statehood, we as a people should not have faced extreme hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, food insecurity, growing poverty of our farmers, drinking water and sanitation, ”said TUR. “This is a wake-up call for us as a society as the Meghalaya, when it comes to the real bread and butter issues like development and the quality of life of the people, where the Meghalaya was once better at comparison, is now among the worst performing states in India. “, he added.
He alleged that unlike other Indian states which “are enjoying the fruits of development, in Meghalaya we are not talking about these fundamental issues”.
The TUR blamed the existence of an industry of patronage among representatives like MPs and MDCs and politicians, as well as bureaucrats and non-state actors for transforming the Meghalaya into a “failed state”.
In its report, NITI Aayog ranked all districts in the Northeast region (including Sikkim) based on their performance in 15 Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, drinking water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry and innovation, inequalities, sustainable cities, environment, etc.
“Our best performing district, East Khasi Hills, is 57th on the list and the worst performing districts – South West Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills and North Garo Hills – are 87th, 92nd and 98th on the list. If the development was a talent competition, Meghalaya would have been disqualified in the first round himself, ”TUR said.
TUR believes that until there are genuine democratic and participatory institutions at the local level, the Meghalaya will be caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, hunger, unemployment and death.

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