The East Garo Hills district administration observed the 30th Death Anniversary of Capt. Williamson A. Sangma, the first Chief Minister of Meghalaya, in the premises of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on October 23 where the Deputy Commissioner, Swapnil Tembe, was the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner lauded the tireless efforts of Capt. Sangma to preserve the identity of the hill people and to bring development and welfare to them. He also urged the people of the region to contribute to the hill state that came into existence due to the Capt. Sangma’s untiring efforts.
Earlier, Additional Deputy Commissioner A Ch Marak, delivered the welcome address and Deputy Commissioner of Labour, Mirzahan N. Marak, read out the brief life history of Capt. Sangma.
The other highlights of the anniversary included the gun salute by the police and laying floral wreaths in respect of the great leader.
The function was presided over by the District Public Relations Officer, W G Momin and the vote of thanks was proposed by the Extra Assistant Commissioner Saljong R. Marak.
It may be mentioned that Capt. Sangma was the founder Chief Minister of Meghalaya when it achieved statehood on January 21, 1972. He was also the first ever Governor of Mizoram among the Garos in 1989. He passed away on October 25, 1999.