TURA, Feb 20 � The clamour for development in the remote regions of Meghalaya reached the coal belt region with the Nokmas of the Jadigittim-Nongalbibra area along with the Mothers� Union submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma during his visit to Williamnagar town on February 18. The area falls under the South Garo Hills region and is one of the most underdeveloped areas of the region.
The Nokmas and the NGO have raised a six-point demand for development in the area which included the upgradation of the Primary Health Centre to a 50-bedded Community Health Centre in Nongalbibra.
The Nokmas also requested for the establishment of an SDO office of the PHE in Jadigittim. The team also urged for the repair of the Nongalbibra-Simsang bridge which is in dis-repair. The memo also requested for the installation of BSNL networks to provide full coverage to the area along with the shifting of the C&RD Block office to be shifted to Siju from Baghmara.
Speaking on the issues faced by the people of the people, the Secretary of Nokmas in the two towns, Francish S Marak said, �The area has been neglected even though revenue has never been a constraint for the town. Water, proper network, roads and bridges are in a state of despair and unless something is done to rectify the problem at hand, the condition is set to get worse�.
The area is rich in coal deposits with most of the people engaged in the mineral trade. While the region has been providing a huge amount of tax and royalty money, the state of development leaves a lot to be desired.