The 150th death anniversary of Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma was today observed at Chisobibra near Williamnagar.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Government Chief Whip Marcus N. Marak, Chairman Meghalaya Transport Corporation and MLA, Rongjeng, Jim Sangma, other dignitaries and the people of the area attended the programme.
During his speech the chief minister paid rich tributes to the legendary freedom fighter and recalled the heroic deeds and sacrifices of the gallant hero and his contribution to the freedom struggle against foreign rule. He further added that it is the responsibility of each and everyone to keep alive the memory of the State’s freedom fighters and pass it on to the future generations.
“It is through programmes like this that we keep the memory of our freedom fighters and honour their contributions to our freedom”, he said.
He further said that there should be cross cultural exchange of programmes throughout the state to make people aware especially the younger generation about the different freedom fighters of Meghalaya.
A commemorative postage stamp of Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma was also released by the chief minister and other dignitaries during the function.
The chief minister also informed the gathering of the government’s plans to further develop the Pa Togan Nengminja Sangma memorial park at Chisobibra. He further added that Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned for the face lift and said that work for the same will commence soon.
At the same function the chief minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of bridge over river Rongon on Rongbing boldak to Chekwebibra road. The bridge will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 7.81 crore. He also laid the foundation for the upgradation and improvement of internal roads of Williamnagar town at estimated amount of Rs 27 crore has been sanctioned for the project.
During the function the chief minister also highlighted the different flagship programmes of the government for welfare of farmers and the youth.