Nongstoin (Meghalaya), Oct 9 : Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today inspected the Shohphria Government Lower Primary School, near Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills, which was renovated recently with Chief Minister’s one and half month salary amounting to Rs. 3.14 lakh.
The school established in 1956 by the Presbyterian Church was taken over by the government after the creation of Meghalaya, carved out of Assam. The school had remained neglected for over two decades, with broken walls, no roof top, etc.
Last month, Chief Minister had announced that he would contribute his salary, which was immediately released for the renovation of the school. He said that he would continue to support and help many other schools in the State.
“It was a simple idea that since education is the priority for the government and education being so important for the future of our children and state, I came up with this initiative to encourage legislators, government officials, business houses to contribute whatever little they can for the welfare of our students,” he said.
He stated that due to lack of resources and fund constrains it has been challenge to make investment in education but government is making effort to address the concerns with utmost priority. “If we take upon us the responsibility to help our children and contribute whatever we can, it will make a big difference in the lives of the children,” he added.
He also took the opportunity to request local MLA of Nongstoin constituency Macmillian Byrsat to adopt a school in South Tura constituency, which he represents in the assembly. “I request all legislators to help each other in this endeavour to make a difference and live by our own example,” he asserted.