MCC: An NGO formed in Meghalaya

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Shillong, Nov 8: 'Meghalaya Citizens for Chance'(MCC), an NGO, hopes to 'transform the process of governance' in the state after the 2008 Assembly elections.

''The idea to form this organisation is to make the civil society more assertive and respond to situation arising out of decisions and policies that are framed by the political class and executive,'' MCC president Manas Chaudhuri told newspersons here yesterday.

He also stated that this initiative was a result of a long process of brain-storming and intense soul searching exercise to keep the political masters on the right track.

Mr Chaudhuri, who is also an Independent MLA, said another general election was round the corner and Meghalaya was going to elect a new government to 'sit over the destiny' of the people for the next five years.

''If our experience for the first 35 years as a separate state is any indication, it is unlikely that anything dramatic is going to result out of the hustings, as far as safeguarding the basic interests of the citizens is concerned,'' he said.

The MMC president pointed out that during this long period, the citizens had realised that the political masters make 'selfish' decision for securing their own interest, often ignoring the interest of the citizens at large.

''We aim to carry forward our objectives by working in tandem with other organisations, for a common cause, striking a point of convergence,'' Mr Chaudhuri said.

MCC member, Toki Blah, its secretary Bidhayak Das and member BB Chettri were also present.


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