Next 50 years roadmap of Meghalaya important: Conrad Sangma

Shillong November 8: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said today that it is imperative to lay down the vision and roadmap to see “the Meghalaya we want in the next 50 years”.

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.”

Conrad Sangma said this while inaugurating the new Siju C&RD block in South Garo Hills “fulfilling the long-cherished dreams of the people”.

Dedicating the C&RD block to the people of Siju, the Chief Minister said that the establishment of the block in Siju is a befitting tribute to Captain Williamson A. Sangma, the founding Chief Minister of Meghalaya, who hailed from Siju.

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“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 its native place,” the Chief Minister said.

A crowd of over 3000 people attended the historic moment at Siju, while the Chief Minister accompanied by Deputy Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Timothy D Shira, MLAs Rakkam Sangma, Marcuise Marak, Jim Sangma, Rupert Momin and Chief Executive Member of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council unveiled the plaque that marked the establishment of new C&RD block.

The dignitaries also visited the temporary block office at Siju. The construction of the new C&RD block building will start soon.

The Chief Minister further said that the MDA Government is committed to ensuring overall growth in the State and the creation of the new Siju block will go a long way in ensuring better implementation of different schemes and programmes.

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He also said that his Government has laid overall focus on ensuring the economic prosperity of the people and has launched several initiatives. He 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.

During his visit to Siju, he also handed over FOCUS plus cards to the beneficiaries and handed over cheques to women-led SHGs an amount of ₹28 Lakhs under Meghalaya State Rural Livelihoods Society – MSRLS.

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He also distributed piglets under the Rural Backyard Piggery and Poultry scheme-PROGRESS, 1392 piglets were distributed to 348 farmers & 2500 kuroiler birds were distributed to 50 poultry farmers.

For youth development programs to be carried forward by youth organisations to Siju, funds of Rs 1 Lakh were distributed through the YESS Meghalaya program.

He also inaugurated the Collective Marketing Centre of the Gangga Awe IVCS in Siju funded under the Meghalaya Livelihood Access to Market Project. This is one of the best-performing IVCS in the State. He also inaugurated the Cold Storage Unit provisioned to them. This will aid the farmers to save their perishable produce and prevent wastage and losses.

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