Shillong, Nov 5: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Opposition leader Dr. Mukul Sangma in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and Deputy Speaker Timothy D. Shira unveiled the portrait of (L) Dr. Donkupar Roy, former Speaker and Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
The portrait has been installed at the temporary building of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in Rilbong, Shillong, which will be latter shifted to the permanent campus of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly at Mawdiangdiang.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma thanked the Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and the entire Assembly Secretariat for taking this initiative to install the portrait of (L) Dr. Donkupar Roy.
“We were discussing about the interiors and other aspects of the new assembly building, when Hon’ble Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh came up with the idea of putting the pictures and portraits of former speakers and other important leaders of the State… and we decided to have a dedicated gallery for the same,” the Chief Minister said, while informing that it will be done in line with practice that is there in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
He said that the gallery will motivate and inspire the members of the assembly and the future generations. “The dedicated arena will act as an inspiration and source of motivation to members of the house as well as others who will visiting the assembly as they will be able to learn about the people who held highest position in the State,” he added.
He also informed that the new assembly building will have an arena wherein the history of the State will be showcased along with landmark events that has shaped Meghalaya over the years.
“If you visit parliaments around the world, you will find sections in the parliament, where there are places, wherein the history of the country, including wars that were fought are displayed. We want to make similar intervention in our assembly, so that the younger generation are able to learn and inculcate spirit of nationalism,” the Chief Minister stressed.
Terming installation of (L) Dr. Don’s portrait as the beginning of a process that would enable creation of a dedicated space for citizens and others to learn about Meghalaya’s history and its landmark event whenever they visiting the assembly.
He also remarked that when one will look at (L) Dr. Don’s portrait in the assembly they will be reminded of his values, ideals and principles.
Paid our tributes & unveiled the portrait of (L) Dr. Donkupar Roy, former CM & Speaker of the #Meghalaya Legislative Assembly on the first day of the Autumn Session today. May the principles & values of Dr. Don continue to guide us as we serve the State and its people. pic.twitter.com/47EZuNNURy
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) November 5, 2020