The call for establishing Tura as the winter capital and implementing a retrospective roster system has gained “unprecedented momentum”, the pressure group ACHIK said today, as local leaders, religious figures and senior citizens have flocked to support the initiative.
Citing the region’s unique cultural heritage, abundant natural beauty and strategic geographical location, these leaders believe that Tura is perfectly poised to become the state’s hub during the winter months.
ACHIK quoted several citizens, though it did not provide their names.
A prominent headman, expressed his enthusiasm, reportedly saying, “Tura has always been an overlooked gem in our country. By designating it as the winter capital, we can showcase our rich traditions and attract tourists, which will breathe new life into our local businesses.”
Religious leaders from diverse faiths have also come forward to support the demand.
A respected pastor in Tura reportedly commented, “As spiritual guides, we see the potential for Tura to serve as a symbol of unity and understanding among different religious communities. The winter capital status can help promote tolerance and inclusivity.”
On the roster system one senior citizen was quoted as saying, “We have seen Tura grow over the decades, but much remains to be done. The backlog policy is a long-awaited solution to bridge the gaps and ensure that our town receives the attention it deserves.”
ACHIK implored the Chief Minister “to have political will” in implementing Tura as the winter capital and in the roster system.
Speaking at the gathering, ACHIK’s spokesperson, Labenn Ch Marak, said, “We urge the Chief Minister to look beyond mere administrative convenience and take into account the genuine concerns of the people in the western region. Tura, being a major town and the cultural heartland of the Garo community, deserves to be recognized as the winter capital. This move will not only boost development but also foster a sense of inclusion and equal representation.”