There is an old hit by Ernie Ford titled “16 tons”. I believe many old timers will remember it. The 2nd stanza of the song if changed a bit would have fitted the current political scenario of Meghalaya like a glove. The song should have been something like this – “You got 40 MLAs , what do you get/ An MDA Govt , and deeper in debt/St Peters don’t you call me cause I can’t come/ I owe my soul to a business oriented scum”.
I mean just look at the direction this coalition Government is heading towards in pursuit of its non-existent Common Minimum Programme. In just three years it has become quite apparent that the common minimum goal of most of the MDA ministers is how to get rich at the expense of the state. First there was the illegal mining of coal. Members of this Government made crores by simply turning a blind eye to the unlawful transportation of this banned mineral and if those in the know are to be believed, the Meghalaya Police , from top to bottom are largely being deployed to collect on behalf of the political masters.
Then came the ADB loan for smart meters where millions of dollars of ADB loan have been siphoned off. If reports are to be believed money is paid for non-activated smart meters. Now who will repay this loan and how will it be repaid if it is being deliberately misused. The burden of repaying the bad loan will now fall on the shoulders of our children. (another day older and deeper in debt).
Then comes the Social Welfare scam on…