SHILLONG | Aug 30, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today admitted that the job to lead the Government is one of the most difficult management positions.

“It is not an easy job to lead the Government. I do not have a choice since I have a set of people who I need to work with. You need to identify their quality how good or how bad they are. I try to remove the bad part and try to push on the good part,” Sangma said while speaking during the inaugural function of the program “shaping of young minds” organised by the All India Management Association (AIMA) and the Guwahati Management Association (GMA) which was held at the NEHU multi-purpose convention hall held here today.

Admitting that it is a difficult situation, Meghalaya Chief Minister said that he is stuck with certain MLAs and certain officers who are good, some not to good and some who are bad in their jobs.

“But yet we have to manage and run the system which is difficult sometimes. When you are running the government I realise that one of the biggest challenges out here is to get this team to work together. I am saying a team because I am part of the team,” he said.

According to him, in today’s world nobody is the boss.

“If you start thinking you are the boss then you get it all wrong on the first day itself. You must remember you are always part of the team.  When I hold a review meeting with the officers, I would always clarify that I am not here to find a fault of the work they are doing. I am here to find a solution by working as a team,” he said.

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Meanwhile, he said that he always told his Ministers that they cannot make a difference by sitting in the Secretariat. “I always told them that they must get their hands dirty and go down to the field by visiting the PHCs and the health sub-centres whether they have enough medicines or not. This is the only way they can make a difference,” he said.

Informing about the Block to Block program which he had initiated, he said that he is planning to visit all the 46 C&R D Blocks in the next two years.

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“During my visit I will try to interact with the people to understand their problem. I believe that this is the only way I would be able to create a better policy to bring a positive change in the people’s lives,” he said.

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Recalling his days when he pursued his management studies in the US and UK, he said that he had learned different kinds of formulas and strategies.

“I came back to the Northeast to start a business and I realised I could not apply all of those theories out here. The kind of technology that was there in the US and UK was not there in India. The kind of politicians we have in the UK and US we don’t have in India,” Sangma said.

“There are certain principles which they need to follow. It is the character, principle, ideology and vision which will help them to be successful,” he advocated.

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It may be mentioned NEHU vice chancellor, Prof SK Srivastava also spoke on the occasion. Altogether 700 students and 50 faculty members from different management schools and departments of the NE attended the one-day programme.


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