SHILLONG, Oct 21: The district level meeting of the Block Level Convergence Workshop was held today at DRDA Conference Hall, West Garo Hills district where deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi chaired the meeting. This meeting was in continuation with the District Level Convergence Workshop aimed to take forward the initiatives for visible convergence held earlier on July 21, 2016 wherein all partners from the departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery, Soil and Water Conservation, Sericulture and Weaving, Animal Husbandry & Veteriry, Forestry, PHE, Basin Development Unit Tura, Block team, etc, were selected to take concrete steps. It may be mentioned that the outcome of the workshop paved the way to carry the exercise forward in six blocks of the district and the block level convergence exercise conducted in villages randomly was led by the DRDA team through participation and cooperation of all partners concerned. While deliberating on different issues faced by the people during the block wise power point presentation, Bakshi pointed out that the common challenges faced were lack of quality education facilities and infrastructure, scarcity of drinking water facilities and high iron content especially in plain areas, depletion of ground water level, problem of sanitation, poor road connectivity, poor marketing linkages, storage problem especially for perishable goods, lack of irrigation facilities, technical know-how of improved farming practices and lack of good health services. The deputy commissioner had made an earnest appeal to all officers of line departments to cooperate and extend all possible support to the people of the area.