With pre-monsoon showers bathing the Scotland of the East into a more lush shade of green, tourists, especially from neighbouring Kolkata are making a beeline to bask in the cool climes of Shillong.
"Oh, it is unbelievably cool out here," exclaims Sauravi Chatterjee, a tourist from Kolkata, who has escaped to the Pine City to escape the sweltering heat in her hometown.
"We love the hills out here and people are so elegant," gushes Saswati Dutta, yet another tourist from West Bengal. "We performed pujas at the Kamakhya Shrine in Guwahati before coming to Shillong," says Sudhir Dey, also from Bengal.
With the official monsoon just a few weeks away, botanists and zoologists from across the world are waiting with bated breath too to descend on the verdant Cherrapunjee (Sohra), its treasures multiplying fast with every bout of rainshower.
"Wild flowers and moss grow all over the hills in the region during the rains," says a botanist at the headquarters of Botanical Survey of India, Shillong.
Officials in the tourism department say tourist flow to the state has been rising steadily over the past few years. "The overall peaceful atmosphere and the sheer beauty of pristine nature, besides better communication, lodging and food facilities and popular annual festivals have been attracting tourists to the state," says an official in the state tourism department.
Beautiful lakes, breathtaking waterfalls set in pine forests and rolling green hills make the Shillong a popular hill station in the country.
Also reputed as the hub of western music, Shillong has emerged as an important destination for international music groups, attracting a large number of music buffs from not only the Northeast but other parts of the country and abroad as well.
Trekking, swimming, bird watching, shopping, golf and water sports are some of the activities that keep visitors engaged here. Home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna, Meghalaya has two national parks and two wildlife sanctuaries. There are also many caves, some the longest in Asia.
An added attraction for tourists here is the leave travel concession (LTC) package offered by the Centre to government employees traveling to the Northeast.
"The enhanced LTC facilities under which tourists can travel economy class on air encourages many to visit Shillong, apart from its sheer beauty of course," says a travel agent.
"The Centre is keen on luring LTC travelers to the relatively peaceful and enchanting, yet lesser visited Northeast, also to dispel misconceptions about the place," says a senior tourism official. "With direct flights between Kolkata and Shillong, the flow of tourists to Meghalaya is expected to increase," the official adds.
"Almost all hotels in the city have been booked by budget tourists," says the owner of a popular hotel in Police Bazar.
Good news! Minimum pay under 7th CPC likely to be revised to Rs 20,000; award to come with increment bonanzaNew Delhi: The central government employees seeking revision of salary structure proposed under the 7th Pay Commission are likely to see aro...
7th Pay commission: From Cabinet approval to basic pay, what govt staff need to know about incrementThere is good news in the offing for Central Government employees as Seventh Pay Commission will be implemented soon. Reportedly within ...
Around 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners are eagerly waiting for their revised salaries which has been earlier pro...
The buzz around the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (7th CPC) is increasing, both with regard to the date of implementation...
New Delhi: It's good news for central government employees eagerly waiting for the implementation of 7th Pay Commission. The implement...
7th Pay Comm:Good news!Starting salary likely to be recommended at Rs 23,000; fitment factor to riseA good news is there the for central government employees as the recommendations by the empowered group of secretaries have said that the m...
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (RAILWAY BOARD) No.2012/E(LR)III/HLl/1 New Delhi, dt.29.03.2016 The General Managers, ...
The 7th pay commission has everything to make a central government employee happy and satisfied! The Commission is most likely to decide on ...
Internal meeting of group of secretaries scheduled on 11.06.2016 on 7th Pay commission didn’t take place Internal meeting of group of secr...
-BONUS ORDER 2006 PENSIONERS 50% DA MERGER 7TH CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION 7th CPC 7TH CPC LATEST NEWS 7th PAY COMMISSION 7thPAY CALCULATORS aadar card AADHAR NO WITH CGHS CARD ACP ADVANCE AICPIN AIR INDIA AIR TRAVEL JAMMU&KASHMIR AIRF ALLOWANCE ARMY BANK EMPLOYEES BSNL cadre restructuring CBSE central civil services CENTRAL DA CENTRAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES Central Government Health Scheme central government staff CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION CGEGIS cgephis CGHS cghs cancer treatment rates cghs card cghs clarification CGHS DELHI cghs empanelled hospitals CGHS facilities to retired BSNL employees. CGHS Hospitals Rates CGHS NEW TIMINGS CGHS RATES CHARTER OF DEMANDS CHARTER OF DEMANDS STRIKE CHILD CARE LEAVE children education allowance csd DA DA HIKE DA JANUARY 2015 DA JULY 2015 DA MERGER DA ORDER DEARNESS ALLOWANCE dearness relief DEATH CUM RETIREMENT BENIFITS DEATH GRATUITY DECLARING ASSETS DECLARING HOLIDAY ON APRIL 14 defence defence civilian employees Delay in Pension disabled children disbursement of pension DOE DOPT DOPT Circulars 2013 DOPT--STENOGRAPHERS DOPT-MACP DOPT-PENSION EDUCATION EPF EPFO ESIC EXPECTED DA EXPECTED DA FROM JULY 2015 EXPECTED PAY FAMILY PENSION FAMILY PENSIONERS FAMILY PLANNING ALLOWANCE FAQ ON PENSION FINANCE FIXED MEDICAL ALLOWANCE FMA FNPO GPF GRADE PAY GRADEPAY GRATUITY HOLIDAY HOLIDAY HOMES HOLIDAYS 2011 HOLIDAYS 2013 HOLIDAYS 2014 HOLIDAYS FOR 2015 HOLIDAYS LIST 2016 HOUSE BUILDING ADVANCE HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCE INCLUSION OF AADHAR NO IN SERVICE BOOK INCOMETAX increase da increasing retirement age to 62.central govt employees INDEFINITE STRIKE INDEPENDENCE DAY INDIA POST JCM JCM III KENDRIYA VIDYALAYA KV LDC-UDC ISSUE LDCE LEAVE TRAVEL CONCESSION LTC LTC 80 FARE LTC ADVANCE LTC entitlement LTC TO SOME COUNTRIES MACP MINIMUM PENSION MINIMUM WAGES MINISTRY OF DEFENCE MINISTRY OF FINANCE MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION NAC NAC.NATIONAL ANOMALY COMMITTEE NATIONAL PENSION SCHEME NATIONAL PENSION SYSTEM NC JCM NEW PENSION SCHEME NEW EMPANELMENT HOSPITALS NEW PAY SCALE NEW PENSION SCHEME new pension scheme india OBC OFB ORDINANCE FACTORY BOARD orop OROP LATEST NEWS pay commission pay commission kerala pay fixation pay hike payment PAYMENT OF PENSION PCDA PENSION pension benefits PENSION FUND PENSIONERS PENSIONERS PORTAL PF PFRDA post offices postal dept POSTAL EMPLOYEES PRODUCTIVITY LINKED BONUS PROJECTED PAY SCALE PROMOTION PROPOSED PAY STRUCTURE PROVIDENT FUND RAILWAY BONUS RAILWAY EMPLOYEES RAILWAYS RECRUITMENT RULES REDUCE RETIREMENT AGE FROM 60 TO 58 REDUCING RETIREMENT AGE FROM 1/1/2016 REIMBURSEMENT RESERVATION retirement retirement age retirement of government officials sexual assalt cases SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORK PLACES STENOGRAPERS STRIKE TRADE APPRENTICES TRADE UNIONS UNION UPSC VRS WASHING ALLOWANCE WOMEN EMPLOYEES WOMEN POST OFFICE WOMENS RIGHTS YEARLY INCREMENT YOGA YOGA DAY
LATEST NEWS ON LTC
LATEST NEWS ON DEARNESS ALLOWANCE
RETIREMENT AGE FOR CENTRAL STAFF
REDUCE RETIREMENT AGE FOR NEW CENTRAL EMPLOYEES FROM 1/1/2016 NO PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RETIREMENT AGE FOR CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES J&K govt increases retirement age from 58 to 60 Employees to get pension payment order soon after retirement RAISE THE RETIREMENT AGE TO 65 YEARS Central govt employees’ retirement age to be extended by 2 years to 62 Union government wants retirement age 62 Cabinet decision to increase retirement age deferred Govt not considering to raise retirement age to 62 yrs
MACPS/ACPS for the Central Government Civilian Employees – Regarding MACP Scheme - treatment of employees appointed through LDCE/GDCE against Promotee Quota vacancies at par with those selected against DR/LDCE quota vacancies —reg. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DEMANDS ON MACP MODIFIED ASSURED CAREER PROGRESSION SCHEME FOR MULTI TASKING STAFF Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme for the Central Government Civilian Employees SUMMARY RECORD OF DISCUSSIONS HELD DURING THE THIRD MEETING OF THE JOINT COMMITEE ON MACPS LATEST FAQ ON MACP FOR CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES
CHILD CARE LEAVE
CHILD CARE LEAVE FOR MALE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES-7TH CPC IMPORTANT FAQ ON CHILD CARE LEAVE (CCL) Grant of Child Care Leave to Civilian Female Industrial Employees of Defence Establishments. House Rent Allowance (HRA) during the Child Care Leave (CCL) Extension of orders for grant of Child Care Leave to all Civilian Female Industrial Employees of the Central Government. ' Child Care Leave-Waiving of age restriction for mentally challenged/disabled children
MACP FOR CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES
Restructuring of cadre of Artisan Staff in Defence Establishment in modification of recommendation of 6th CPC Modified ACP Scheme (MACPS) for Railway employees- clarification-NFIR IMPORTANT DEMANDS OF THE RAILWAYMEN TO BE PURSUED BY THE ALL INDIA RAILWAYMEN’S FEDERATION