Shillong: The BJP in Meghalaya on Saturday resolved to put pressure on the State government to introduce goods trains in Meghalaya.
The decision was taken at its state executive meeting on Saturday wherein a number of “political resolutions” were taken by the party to push through to the MDA led government, of which it is part of.
“The Covid-19 pandemic caught everyone off-guard and disturbed our way of life. This unique problem requires an equally unique political resolve to not only bring us back on the path of growth and development, but also to increase its speed while adapting to the rapidly changing world,” the party said in a statement here.
Stating that it would not only support the government, but it will provide constructive criticism and to question the government at any and all steps where they may falter the BJP said that it aims to push the government to bring people friendly and pro-development policies to help the state come out of the slowdown brought about by the pandemic.
With introduction of goods trains being the first in the resolution, the party said, “Keeping in mind the need to protect the local cultures and tribal way of life, we will pressurize the state government to bring only goods trains right up to Shillong. This is automatically assured that there will be no illegal immigration into the state.”
With privatization and out-sourcing of all non-performing public sector enterprises to cut the losses of the state government and to bring in more efficient services to the public and generate revenue the BJP said that it will also push for a holistic mining policy and insist on a policy to incentivize and promote industries and multi-national companies that enable job creation within the state to invest.
Another resolution taken by the BJP was to advise the state government to use the GST data by tracing HSN codes, and encourage the production of such goods within the state that are presently imported from the rest of the country and to identify the materials that are exported from the state in raw form and encourage the setting up of value addition activities.
On tourism, the BJP said, “We will ask the State Government to promote tourism by making it accessible for all kinds of travellers, through development of tourist circuits, and by promoting Meghalaya in the rest of the country through advertisement.”