Chief Minster Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday inspected the ongoing construction work of the upcoming Tribal Research Institute at Chidekgre near Babadam.
The project is funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India to the tune of 41 Crores.
The iconic Tribal Research Institute plans to facilitate research on all North-East tribes and its culture. Once completed plans are being made to host the North-East Tribal Festival at the site.
He also visited Dachimagre village at Rongkhon, North Tura to inaugurate the Hatchery Unit of the Jakkindil Organisation Committee, an organisation of eight Self Help Groups.
The Chief Minister informed that through this Hatchery Unit the women-led SHG have not only provided means of livelihood for the members of the organisation but also have set an example for other women.
“We have come here today to provide the Organisation with the necessary technical, management and execution support to run the unit and expand it,” the Chief Minister said. He also informed that the government under NRLM and other programmes have identified 30,000 SHGs which will be assisted by the government to a tune of 200 crores either by direct funding or through financial institutions. He urged the mothers and womenfolk to take benefit of schemes through their SHGs.
Accompanied by North Tura MLA, Thomas A Sangma, West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh and Rongram BDO, Shelley Ch Momin, the chief minister also interacted with different cooperative societies and producers’ groups like ginger, cashewnut, tea, coffee and jackfruit, etc. in a program organised by the Bakdil NGO for reviewing the progress of Prime Hub at Jongdikgre village on Wednesday.
Interacting with the members of different producers’ groups, the Chief Minister informed that Rs. 5000/- each for every member of the group is being given as seed money and also, highlighting the success of ginger processing unit at Prime Hub under Songsak C&RD Block, said that the Govt. of Meghalaya is undertaking initiatives for uplifting of the farmers and the producers as well. He also assured to provide necessary help to the producers through the Bakdil NGO.
On Wednesday he also reviewed the progress of P.A. Sangma Integrated Sports Complex at Tura. The stadium once completed, will have a 10,000 seating capacity with state of art facilities, gym, swimming pool, lounge, cafeteria.
Visit to Babadam PHC
Later in the day, the Chief Minister visited the Bakdil run Babadam PHC and interacted with the medical staff and lauded them for their ceaseless efforts to provide health-care to the people of the region. He termed Babadam PHC as an exemplary story of ‘transformation’. Previously, the PHC was short staffed, suffered power outages and water shortage which affected its functioning and performance. On Wednesady, the PHC is considered one of the best, supporting over 47 villages in the area.
The PHC is a successful PPP model undertaken by BAKDIL. Concerted efforts by the PHC have resulted in the reduction of malaria infection, increase in institutional deliveries by 90% & 100% immunisation for children in the block. The Chief Minster assured the assistance of the Government to further improve the functioning of the PHC. The Chief Minister also assured to look into the demand of the PHC for the funds for boundary wall and the construction of a meeting hall.