Meghalaya celebrated its 50th Statehood Day on Friday, January 21, along with two other states Manipur and Tripura.
The erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur were merged into the Indian Union in October 1949 and earned statehood on January 21, 1972. Meghalaya, on the other hand, was a part of Assam and became an independent state on this day.
Here are some pictures from the 50th Statehood Day celebrations in Meghalaya:
The programme was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul M Sangma, Rajya Sabha MP Dr. W. R Kharlukhi, Cabinet ministers, MLAs and MDCs, Meghalaya Chief Secretary RV Suchiang and Senior State and Central Government officials among others.
During the programme, Documentation on 50 years of Meghalaya and the State Emblem was released alongside a commemorative stamp of the state. A foundation stone for the New Administrative Township was also laid during the programme.
Other highlights of the celebration included the airing of a documentary on ‘Statehood Movement’ by the Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Meghalaya; presentation of docu-drama – ‘Meghalaya: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ by the Department of Arts & Culture, Meghalaya; announcement and distribution of the Meghalaya Day Awards to Benedict Skhemlang Hynniewta (U Tirot Singh Award for Arts and Literature), Father Charles Ch Sangma (Pa Togan Sangma Award for Social Services) and Halen Nongtdu (U Kiang Nangbah Award for Sports); Meghalaya Day Excellence Awards; sealing of the Memory Crate.
The Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC) gave a mesmerizing performance and also paid tribute to their founder (Late) Neil Nongkynrih who passed away recently. The choir’s famous rendition ‘Vande Mataram’ was performed along with several other songs.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, following COVID protocol, was isolated after having developed a cold and joined the event virtually. Sangma further urged people to follow COVID precautionary measures and isolate when and when they fall sick and get themselves vaccinated.
The CM later confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he is isolating for the required time. Sangma has mild symptoms and has requested all those who have come in contact with him CM to isolate and get themselves tested if necessary.
Watch the CM’s address on the 50th Statehood Day celebrations in Meghalaya here as Conrad Sangma extends his greetings to citizens of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended greetings to the people of the state of Meghalaya on the occasion. Watch the video here.
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