Meghalaya Govt spends over Rs 22.56 cr for appointment of 124 consultants for different dept

Meghalaya government has spent over Rs 22.56 crore forĀ  appointment of 124 consultants for different departments.
Replying to a query raised by AITC Ampati MLA Miani D Shira in the Assembly, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the total number of consultants currently appointed specifically for externally aided projects is 59.
He said the consultants are technical experts, who are brought into the system on a task basis. They are engaged mainly for the centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) and externally-aided projects (EAPs).
In both the categories, the consultants are mandated by the guidelines.
He said there are certain cases where the consultants are also empanelled and they can be used by the different departments.
Citing the unity mall project as an example, the Chief Minister said Rs 130 crore was sanctioned for Meghalaya.
“We are the only 3 states in the country that have been able to do this within 6 months. This is because we are able to get expert advice,” he said. He said, “The government of India and EAPs have mandated the services of the consultants which are very highly technical.”
He said the cost for payment to the consultants have been incorporated within the project cost.
Further, the chief minister said local people are benefiting as they are engaged and trained by consultants.
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