Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma with others during the event on July 12 | CMO, Meghalaya

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma, on July 12 inaugurated the PA Sangma fellowship for legal and policy research which was also attended by law minister James Sangma and others.

Conrad Sangma said that the concept of having fellowship and research-based policymaking was something that has been missing for a very long time.

“Though we have bureaucrats and legislators, we are not experts in a number of minor details that are very important for proper law-making and the larger goal is to ensure that the people are put first by this unique collaboration between the judiciary and the legislative side for the larger interest of the people,” he said.

The CM also said that if there is research-based policymaking there will be a better framework to ensure that the system as a whole work and to do that there is a need to build a capacity for everyone.

“This programme is part of the larger goal in order to make sure that the system as a whole improves and the capacity of every individual improves,” Sangma added.

The chief minister further said that PA Sangma was a person with a very tall personality with a diverse background in law, journalism, teaching and politics.

“He was a person who had an understanding of the law and had experience both in the judiciary as a person who had been practising law himself and had experience in policymaking as a legislator after he entered politics so it is only befitting that this fellowship programme is named after him,” Conrad Sangma added.

Law minister James Sangma said that the launch is also the realization of the vision of seeing the boosting of the governance and student engagements as well as capacity-building exercises of the officers of the state.

“Although the state of Meghalaya is small there are socio-economic challenges, challenges in streamlining public services, challenges on ensuring representation and participation and most importantly the challenge of catering governance to the people in a just, timely and impartial manner,” he said.

Meghalaya chief secretary RV Suchiang, law secretary CVD Diengdoh and Sony Pellissery from the National Law School of India were also present during the occasion.

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