SHILLONG, Jan 22 - Meghalaya celebrated its 44th Statehood Day with various programmes on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura � all celebrating Statehood Day on Thursday � saying, �I wish these States the very best in their development journey.�
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan extended greetings to the people and prayed for lasting peace and prosperity for its people.
He said the State is small but has immense potential due to the green cover, water and mineral resources and its talented people. �We should all resolve to put in our best efforts to see that Meghalaya emerges as a premiere State of the country.�
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma expressed hope that poverty would be eradicated within 10-15 years as the programmes initiated are enough to transform the State.
�After 10-15 years, there will be no reason for our people to be poor provided we execute the programmes already undertaken by the government,� Sangma said here.
He was addressing a function organised to mark the Meghalaya Day celebrations. He also said poverty and backwardness are still the biggest challenges confronting the State and its policy makers.
In another programme, IT Minister AL Hek gave laptops to meritorious students who passed the board exams last year. A flower show, a mini carnival for children and a local food festival were also organised. � PTI