Saturday, December 10, 2022

Committed to ensure overall growth in the State: Conrad

Correspondent

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Tuesday on Tuesday inaugurated the new Siju Community and Rural Development block in South Garo Hills district, bordering the India-Bangladesh, fulfilling the long cherished dream of the people.
He said that establishment of the block in Siju was a befitting tribute to Captain Williamson A. Sangma, the founding chief minister of Meghalaya, who hailed from Siju. “Captain Sangma had great love and concern for the tribal hill people, who led the movement for the creation of a State we can proudly call home. Today, we are celebrating the golden jubilee of our State and it is a historic and apt occasion that we are establishing the Siju C&RD block in his native place,” Sangma said. Stating that in 50 years much could have been achieved but due to circumstances Meghalaya still lags behind compared to other States, he said, “We have to envision a plan for the next 50 years and work accordingly to ensure that while we celebrate 100 years of Statehood we have a progressive State with equal opportunities for our people. It is imperative that we lay down the vision and roadmap to see the Meghalaya we want in the next 50 years.” The Chief Minister informed that the construction of the new C&RD block building will start soon.
Sangma further said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government was committed to ensure overall growth in the State and the creation of the Siju block would go a long way in ensuring better implementation of different schemes and programmes. He said that his Government has laid overall focus for ensuring economic prosperity of the people and has launched several initiatives. Sangma said that Focus and Focus plus, the biggest welfare programme for the farmers will continue for the next 10 years to ensure financial stability amongst the farming communities. The Chief Minister also handed over FOCUS plus cards to the beneficiaries and cheques to women-led Self Help Groups under Meghalaya State Rural Livelihoods Society and distributed piglets under the Rural Backyard Piggery and Poultry scheme to farmers and kuroiler birds to poultry farmers.
For youth development programs to be carried forward by youth organizations, fund of Rs 1 lakh was distributed through YESS Meghalaya program.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Collective Marketing Centre of the Gangga Awe IVCS in Siju funded under the Meghalaya Livelihood Access to Market Project and inaugurated the cold storage unit to save perishable produce and prevent wastage and losses.

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