The Meghalaya government on January 7 decided to celebrate 50th year of Meghalaya statehood amid concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 in the country.
However, the state government is also waiting for the response from the prime minister’s office on the state’s invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attending the statehood day celebrations on January 21.
“We have decided that the celebration has to go on. Golden jubilee is golden jubilee. We cannot stop the celebration,” Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong told journalists after a review meeting held in Shillong.
He informed that the chief secretary and respective deputy commissioners have also been directed to come up with detailed programmes (for the celebrations) before the state government reviews the matter again next week.
“Thereafter, the government will take a final call on this regard. Of course, we will reduce as much as possible the attendees who will be part of the celebration should not be much,” he asserted.
The deputy chief minister informed that the state government is yet to get any confirmation from the PMO with regards to the invitation to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grace the 50th statehood day.
“Let us see and wait. I think by next week we will get a clearer picture,” he added.