SHILLONG, July 4 - The NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) seems to have opened a Pandora�s box of similar demands, by acceding to the demand for creation of a civil subdivision at Ranikor. Now there are at least four more such demands.
After the Government declared that Ranikor in West Khasi Hills district would be upgraded to a civil subdivision, Congress MLAs have joined the bandwagon and demanded additional civil subdivisions in their respective constituencies.
Jirang MLA Sosthenes Sohtun today submitted a memorandum to the Government demanding upgrade of Jirang to a civil subdivision from an administrative unit. Sohtun belongs to the NPP.
Most parts of Jirang are spread along the inter-State border with Assam. �We have population of around 45,000 and therefore, Jirang has to be upgraded to a civil subdivision,� the first-time MLA said.
Apart from this demand for Jirang, Congress MLAs representing Umroi, Mawsynram and Mawlai constituencies have also started demanding civil subdivisions in their respective constituencies.
Meanwhile, an NGO will hold a sit-in demonstration here tomorrow to demand upgrade of Mawsynram to a civil subdivision. It argued that Mawsynram is one of the oldest blocks in the State created in 1958 by the then Assam Government. But after that, precious little has been done for the development of the area.
A Mawsynram Civil Sub-Division Demand Committee has been formed by local MLA Himalaya Shangpliang to give the necessary impetus to the demand.
On the other hand, Mawlai is located in the suburb of the State capital, but this has not deterred local Congress MLA PT Sawkmie to demand a civil subdivision. Moreover, the UDP president and Assembly Speaker has also demanded that Sohra (Cherrapunjee) be upgraded to a district.
Some of these demands will test the present Government as political strings are attached. Moreover, it will be difficult for the present Government to accede to these demands as it would entail a huge burden on the State exchequer.
The MDA Government will inaugurate the Ranikor civil subdivision on July 10.