By Francis Khongwar
Shillong (Meghalaya ), March 14 : Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today told the state Assembly that the Government will examine the suggestion of taking all the 60 MLAs to New Delhi to pursue the demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit in the state.
Replying to a query from Mawlai MLA P.T. Sawkmie, the Chief Minister said that the matter of ILP is being examined by the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also said that multiple letters have been sent to the Union Government on the matter and the State Government would have to pursue the matter with the Union Government.
On the other hand, while responding to a query from West Shillong MLA Mohendro Rapsang, Meghalaya Home Minister, Lahkmen Rymbui said that there were seven IED blasts in the state in the last five years. He also said that the police department is strengthening the police force besides holding peace talks with the militant organization of Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council.
On the issue of providing drinking water to the people of the state, Meghalaya PHE minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar today informed the House that the pipes which were not as specifications for JJM scheme should be replaced.
Earlier, while moving the Call Attention Motion, Umroi Legislator George Lyngdoh asked the Government that the report of the Magisterial Inquiry on the supply of poor quality pipes should be made public.
Meghalaya Government has asked the Central Government to have a separate IAS cadre for Meghalaya to address the shortage of IAS officers in the state.
Meghalaya Agriculture Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh today introduced the ongoing Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly the Meghalaya State Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Programme and Facilitation Amendment) Bill, 2022.
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma has stated that it is important for any state government to come up with its own vision statement. Replying to the general discussion on the budget during the ongoing Assembly budget session here on Monday, the Chief Minister said that the budget which he has presented was based on this vision statement which the government has brought up. According to him, the government has set a target to be in the top ten states in the next ten years in terms of per capita GDP and sustainable development goals. He said that the State at present is in the bottom five in terms of the per capita and in the bottom ten in the sustainable development goals. Sangma admitted that the state government will need to push very hard to be able to achieve this target.
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