File photo of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya’s opposition Congress has asked the Conrad Sangma-led government to highlight its achievement in the last two and a half years on several fronts, including dealing with the pandemic.

“I am yet to see the government doing anything good in any sector. I am not opposing the government just because I am in the opposition. I want to know what good has this government done in this period,” veteran Congress legislator Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh said on September 20.

Moreover, she also pointed out that when the new government took over, issues like Inner Line Permit (ILP) cropped up and there were curfews and rallies and now there is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking a dig at chief minister Conrad Sangma and his cabinet colleagues’ recent visit to New Delhi amid the pandemic, Lyngdoh wondered why the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues didn’t use technology to reach out to the Union ministers.

“Despite going there, they did not take up issues of the people with the centre, like ILP, Eight Schedule and even the issue of the state not getting its share of GST revenues and restoring the 90:10 ratio of centrally sponsored schemes,” she said.

The former Urban Affairs minister said that with the surge in COVID-19 cases, the state government should have demanded more funds from the centre to fight the pandemic.

The Congress legislator also said that now even health workers are beginning to get infected by the virus. “It is beginning to attack all around. We have to be very aggressive and the system should be prepared,” Lyngdoh said.

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