Shillong, Dec 3: Chief Minister Conrad. K. Sangma on Saturday inaugurated the new Lumshnong C&RD Block in East Jaintia Hills District.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Sangma thanked the Chairman and Members of the Joint Action Committee for their tireless efforts and hard work to ensure that the Lumshnong C&RD Block is inaugurated.
He also stated that due to the absence of Administrative units and other departmental offices, in the area has been neglected from the development point of view and people have to travel for hours to go to the block office to get simple developmental schemes and basic services and with the presence of the Lumshnong C&RD Block, it will bring Administration closer to the people of this area.
“We do not want the people to travel far distances, but rather we would want our team and officers and the government services to come closer to the people”, even as he said that as a government, as politicians and officers one have to remember that their responsibility is to serve the people.
The Chief Minister informed the gathering that the government in the last four years has been working tirelessly to ensure that there is all-round development in the state, to ensure that the administration gets closer to the people, and to ensure that the voice of the people is heard and to serve the people.
Sangma also stated that in spite of the Covid 19 pandemic, that expenditure has gone up by more than 40 percent compared to what it was in the last term, and in the last four years, more roads were constructed in the state and almost close to three lakh houses today are connected with water supply.
He further informed that this government has also ensured that vaccination would get priority and from the rank of 27 in the country, the state is today ranked second when it comes to vaccination.
Speaking on E- Governance, he said “After competing with countries like China, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, we were able to come out as one of the best projects for E-Governance in the entire globe which was recognized by the United Nations”.
Speaking on the Sonapur- Borghat road which is one of the most important connectivity for the people of the area, the Chief Minister said that the Government has sanctioned over Rs. 120 crores for the construction of the 29.5 kilometers, and the foundation stone has also been laid. “As a Government, our commitment is to ensure every nook and corner of our state moves forward together, we will work so that no areas are left behind and we will work together for a purpose to take our state forward” he added.
Sangma also distributed cheques under Grassroot Level Response towards Ecosystem Enhancement and Nurturing Scheme (GREEN) / Payment For Ecosystem (PES) to three beneficiaries Standing Lamare, Dorbar Shnong Sonapyrdi, and Presbyterian Church, Sonapur.
Cheques were also handed over to the five Village Organisations(VO) of Lumshnong C&RD Block under NRLM CIF at a total amount of Rs. 14 lakhs.
Seeds were also distributed to 15 Integrated Village Cooperative Societies (IVCS) under East Jaintia Hills District; the package comprised of Open-pollinated vegetable Seeds, Bio -fertilizers/ Bio- Pesticides, and Soil testing Kits worth Rs. 1 Lakh each.
Later, the Chief Minister, inaugurated and inspected the new Block Development Office at Lumshnong village.