Thursday, December 8, 2022

M’laya govt creates administrative blocks, sub-divisions

Correspondent

The National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has created five Community and Rural Development (C&RD) Blocks with four more to go and two civil sub divisions in the past 30 odd days.
A government official said that four more blocks would be created in the next few days and few C&RD Blocks will be upgraded to civil sub-division, while Sohra sub-division will be upgraded as a district.
The Meghalaya government has sped up the process of setting up these administrative units in order to meet the demands of the people before the Assembly elections dates are announced by the Election Commission of India. Elections to the 60-member House Meghalaya Assembly are scheduled to be held in February 2023.
“As a Government, we have initiated projects that were pending for several years. Our Government has accelerated the momentum of growth and development. In the past 4.5 years, the State has witnessed significant improvements in various development indices,” CM Conrad Sangma said while inaugurating the Namdong C&RD Block in West Jaintia Hills district on Monday.
CM also added that despite challenges and financial constraints, the state government has been able to mobilise resources to push development and initiate welfare projects.
The government would be creating nine C&RD Blocks, including a Langpih CR&D Block in West Khasi Hills district. Langpih is one of the most underdeveloped villages bordering Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district and Assam’s Kamrup district. Both states have been claiming ownership of the village for five decades.
Apart from creation of Rongjeng civil sub – division in East Garo Hills, the creation of Jengjal civil sub – division on November 23 and Dalu civil sub – division on December 3 are on the card. While the opposition, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has termed the inauguration of new CR&D Blocks and upgradation of Blocks to Civil Sub-Division to pacify electoral demands.
“The last minute attempts to pacify electoral demands will cost the State exchequer dearly. The new government in 2023 will be burdened not only with these unplanned and whimsical administrative units but also with the huge loans that this govt has borrowed unseen in the past,” opposition chief whip, George Lyngdoh said.
Commissioner and secretary finance, Dr. Vijay Kumar D said that creation of each block would come at a cost of Rs. 3 crore and the civil sub divisions at Rs 5 crore, adding that the estimate of recurring cost would be Rs. 50 lakh per block and one crore per subdivision office annually.
Meghalaya inherited from Assam 24 C&RD blocks. According to the government these blocks bring “administrative closer to the people” and before the creation of the new blocks from last month, there were 46 blocks in the 11 districts of the state.

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