Chief Minister meets Central ministers in New Delhi over flood, financial assistance

Shillong July 16: Meghalaya chief minister, Conrad K Sangma along with Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong and Water Resources Minister, Metbah Lyngdoh met Union Home Minister in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister said that the Union Home Minister was apprised of the flood situation in Meghalaya and sought the Centre’s support.

He also thanked the Home Minister for assuring to provide all necessary assistance to Meghalaya.

During his stay in New Delhi, the Chief Minister also held a meeting with the Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission in New Delhi.

“The Chief Minister once again highlighted the efforts being made by the State Government to fast track development works in key sectors of Human Development, Primary Sector, Infrastructure Development and Enterprise Development,” a statement said.

He submitted a supplementary memorandum to the Chairman of the Finance Commission highlighting four key projects for the State requesting assistance to the tune of Rs 4,340 crore for implementation of projects for five years from 2020 to 2025.

The four projects include hosting the 39th edition of the National Games in 2022, Development of the State as a high-value tourism destination, Building cable propelled transportation system (cable-cars/ropeways) as long- term solution to decongest Shillong city and setting up of a University of Culture in the State.

“The Government is hopeful that the Finance Commission will favourably consider grants-in-aid support to the State for the implementation of these projects,” the statement added.

Meanwhile the Chief Minister along with Tourism and Excise Minister, Metbah Lyngdoh met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Tuesday.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister briefed the overall financial position of the State and measures adopted by the State government to increase its revenue share.

The chief minister requested the Union Finance Minister to sanction additional funds for different development projects and apprised her about the upcoming National Games to be held in Meghalaya in 2022 and requested for the Centre’s support.