The United A’chik Youth Federation (UAYF) has highlighted the extremely poor condition of the villagers of Maheshkola, under South West Khasi Hills, after it was found that the village has been without electricity for the past two years.
Maheshkola is one of the remotest parts of the state, falling between the borders of South Garo Hills, South West Khasi Hills and the international border with Bangladesh. It is also close to the Balpakram National Park.
“This is gross negligence of the state and district authorities as the village has not had electricity. It may be remote but in this day and age when the entire state enjoys modern amenities, Maheshkola is still in the dark ages, literally,” said President of UAYF, Sanggra Marak.
He added that the people have suffered from the false promises of the representatives of the constituency.
Marak contended that the continued negligence of the voices of the people has left them with feelings of isolation and neglect.
“They think they have no hope of seeing electricity in their village. We can’t understand as to why the rural, remote belt of the state is so neglected by those in power that they don’t even consider them to be deserving of such basic amenities. Don’t they have the right to enjoy the same? The neglect of the authorities is hurting the young students in their studies as well,” added Marak through a press release.