From A Reporter
SHILLONG, March 18: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma led a delegation of Cabinet ministers and called on Union Fince Minister Arun Jaitley at his residence in New Delhi on Saturday evening to discuss on the fincial situation of the State.
Jaitley assured of all support and cooperation to increase the revenue generation in the State.
The Union Minister expressed concern over the fincial situation of the Northeast and said the Centre will extend full support to reverse the situation in the region.
“We have to come up with the idequacies of the resources of the deficit State. It is our responsibility to support and give a special attention to the region,” said Jaitley during the interaction with the ministers. He expressed hope that Assam is slowly coming out of the deficit status.
Jaitley has suggested the delegation to come up with appropriate strategies to promote tourism in Meghalaya, with focus on making Meghalaya an educatiol hub.
The Chief Minister also discussed regarding setting up of an IT and food park in Meghalaya, besides promoting the indigenous herbal medicines of the region.
Jaitley said that the Centre would extend all cooperation to Meghalaya to enhance revenue generation. He also suggested that the Government should collaborate with private investors to boost trade, business and economy in the State.
The upcoming tiol Games 2022 was also elaborately discussed during the meeting.
During the meeting, the delegation also mooted a number of initiatives, including marketing and branding Meghalaya as a tourist destition.
The need for generating tiol curiosity for Meghalaya has to be taken up so that people are willing to visit Meghalaya, Jaitley suggested the delegation.
The issue of air connectivity in Meghalaya was also discussed during the meeting.
“At present we have a Pawan Hans helicopter. But we are going to open three helipads in various parts of the State. Construction of railway tracks is also on the pipeline, but there are certain challenges as NGO and civil societies are posing some hindrance in executing the programmer. But we are trying to get them onboard,” said the Chief Minister.