Shillong(Meghalaya),June 11 : The first ever Cabinet meeting of the state government held outside the state secretariat decided to have one minister in every district for one year to have systematic departmental review meetings with the district heads.
Also, the cabinet through the Programme Implementation Department decided to aggressively implement further systematic review of departments in every district.
The other agendas approved by the Cabinet which was held in Tura, West Garo Hills approved the Meghalaya State Sports Policy 2018.
At the Cabinet meet, the department presented the draft policy which the cabinet approved after fine tuning all aspects of the policy.
It may be mentioned that the job to draft the state Sports Policy was given by the government to the IIM, Shillong.
The cabinet also approved the Meghalaya Start Up Policy 2018. The Start-Up Policy will help young and talented entrepreneurs of the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the Meghalaya Start-up Policy 2018 will provide impetus to innovative minds where they will be entitled to subsidies, incentives, and tax holiday, among others.
The policy will be applicable to individuals as well as cooperative societies.
A screening committee to be headed by the chief secretary will be looking at various proposals and ideas from individuals and societies who wish to avail of opportunities stipulated by the policy.
The other decisions taken by the Cabinet was the approval for amendment of Meghalaya Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules 2011.
This amendment is in conformity to the amendment of central rules to Right to Education.
The Cabinet also approved the Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Services Rules 2017 and also approved Solid Waste Management Policy which will come into force immediately.
The next venue of “cabinet on the move”, would be held in Jowai.
Meanwhile, speaking on the sidelines of the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma justified the decision of the government to have Cabinet meetings on a rotational basis in every district.
“If think if one looks at this as expenditure I think you are really missing the point. There are certain things that need to be done in order to understand the problems of the people and these are necessary investment it is not expenditure,” Conrad said.
“It is an investment we are making the ministers, the officials are going to the grass root and we are really connecting and understanding,” the Chief Minister added.
He also said that the “cabinet on the move”, will allow the government to create better policies, which will mean more and address the issues the public is facing.
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