With most of the state cabinet Minister, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma is presently camping in Delhi to meet various central Ministers there. The state Government is also seeking an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah which they are yet to get.
Meanwhile, on Monday the Meghalaya delegation called on several union ministers, including Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Birla.
Chief Minister’s called on Lok Sabha Speaker along with Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and apprised him of the ongoing construction of new Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang in Shillong. They also sought support and cooperation from the centre for the completion of the Assembly building by 2022.
In his meeting with the Union Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, who is also Minister In-charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Sing Puri, Chief Minister sought support for the urban housing for the poor.
The Chief Minister also sought financial support from the Govt of India for the improvement of infrastructure for New Shillong Township including the development of roads and other infrastructure.
He also requested the Ministry’s support for the development of the aspiring Williamnagar Water Supply Scheme. In the presence of officials of the Airport Authority of India, proposals for the expansion of infrastructure for the Umroi Airport and activation of the Baljek Airport were also touched upon.
The Chief Minister informed that the response from Hardeep Sing Puri was positive and the Union Minister has requested details of all the issues brought forward by the Chief Minister.
The meeting with the Union Minister was also attended by Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar and Power Minister James Sangma.
Meeting with Minister for Jal Shakti
In the meeting with Union Minister of the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Chief Minister intimated him regarding the implementation and progress of the ambitious Jal Jeevan Mission project in Meghalaya.
The Union Minister expressed his satisfaction in State’s efforts to execute the Mission and gave his suggestions to improve State’s target. Further, the Union Minister expressed that all support will be extended for the project and encouraged the State Government to pursue the project aggressively.
Discussions were also held regarding the pending PMKSY micro-irrigation Schemes and Har Khet Ko Pani scheme including the release of funds and approvals for various projects proposed to the Ministry.
Chief Minister also sought the Ministry’s support for the State Government’s proposed initiative to rejuvenate Wah Umkhrah and Umsyrpi River. Union Minister spoke in support of the State Government’s plans and instructed officials present in the meeting to ensure that the projects see the light of day.
Chief Minister was accompanied by PHE Minister Brolding Nongsiej in the meeting today.
It may be mentioned that Meghalaya so far has implemented only 10 percent of the JJM project while the state is still struggling with the procurement of pipes.
Meeting with Sports Minister
He also called on Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju along with Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and apprised him of the ongoing construction of different sports infrastructure in the State.
He sought for Ministry’s support to organize the proposed North East Youth Festival 2022 in Shillong, to commemorate the 50th year of Meghalaya’s Statehood.
Union Minister has expressed his keen desire to support the Govt of Meghalaya in creating sporting infrastructure and has assured all help for hosting of the North East Youth Festival in Shillong.
Chief Minister also called on Union Minister for Environment and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar along with Environment Minister James K. Sangma. They sought support and cooperation for various environment-related projects in the State and have apprised the Union Minister on matters related to eco-sensitive zones of Nokrek, Balpakram, and Siju.