Teachers allege non-distribution of midday meal rice
TURA, Feb 3: Lower and upper primary school teachers under Tikrikilla Block in West Garo Hills have moved the Sub-Divisional School Education Officer (SDSEO) in Dadenggre alleging non-distribution of midday meal rice to schools in the area. According to one, Sinendra B Marak, a teacher of the Tosinpara SSA UP School, the quota of midday meal rice for the months from July to December 2020 were not received by various schools from the area. Marak added that the wholesaler of Tikrikilla centre would be the right person to know the cause behind the non-distribution. “We have repeatedly raised the issue with the wholesaler, including your (SDSEO) office without any positive result, due to which the poor students from our locality are being deprived of the midday meal,” Marak said, urging the official to ensure that the pending allotment of rice be released at the earliest.
National Water Awards 2020-21
Shillong, Feb 3: Ri Bhoi Deputy Commissioner has informed that the Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation under the Ministry of Jal Shakti has invited entries for the 3rd National Water Awards for 2020-21. According to a statement on Wednesday, the DC has asked urban local bodies, village authorities, individuals and interested corporate from the district to file their nominations for awards appropriate to their categories till February 10, which is the deadline. “The detailed list of categories and other related information can be obtained from the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District, Nongpoh during office hours,” the statement said.
Samanda Block gets legal clinic
WILLIAMNAGAR, Feb 3: The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), East Garo Hills, on Wednesday organised a one-day legal awareness programme at Samanda C&RD Block during which a Legal Aid Clinic was inaugurated at the office premises of the Samanda BDO by DLSA Chairperson, M Skhemlon. According to a statement, the programme was attended by the villagers, Nokmas and Sardars, officials from the line departments, etc. Speaking on the occasion, Skhemlon, who is also the District and Sessions Judge, with the legal clinic, people, who are eligible for availing the legal aid, will have better access to such services. Beseeching the locals to spread the word about the legal clinic, he said para-legal volunteers in the clinic will not only cater to the needs of the people but will also help in filing applications for availing benefits under various government schemes. Earlier, the Legal Aid Counsel, Jan N Arengh, informed the gathering that the underprivileged ones, whose annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh, are eligible for availing the legal aid.