CM defends political appointments

By Our Reporter

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Tuesday defended the convention of political appointments to accommodate defeated party legislators and other workers.

“Strengthening of the political party is a part and parcel of democracy. There is nothing wrong in the convention of political appointments since it provides the party men with a platform to serve the people of the State in different capacities,” Dr Sangma said while replying to a query on whether he would try to reduce the number of political appointees as part of austerity measures.

Asked if it is justified to misuse public fund to strengthen a political party, Dr Sangma said the Government does not provide any fund to the political parties.

On the issue of foreign trips by the legislators and bureaucrats resulting in wastage of public money, Dr Sangma said it is important for the legislators and bureaucrats to go on foreign tours since it allows them to learn about the various developments across the globe.

Admitting that there have been foreign trips which have not benefitted the State, Dr Sangma claimed that most of the foreign trips have helped the legislators to learn new things.

The chief Minister also made it clear that he would continue to encourage foreign trips if those would benefit the State.