SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday stated that the proposed Budget aims at development and sustainability for the next decade, even as he rued that the COVID phase may hamper developmental work.
Replying to the debate on the Budget during the second day of the reassembled Budget session, Sangma said, "We are placing the Budget with an eye on the period from 2020 to 2030; a period that I feel it should be a Meghalya age".
There are manifold aspects to the Chief Minister's thrust on development with sustainability. One is human development, education and healthcare, which he considered as crucial while mentioning agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and allied sectors as primary lines that will also be prioritised. Infrastructure and entrepreneurship are two areas that Sangma laid emphasis on as the State looks ahead to the "One Decade Mission".
Admitting that the COVID situation has put the State government on the back foot, the Chief Minister said, "We don't know about the share of tax or funds from the Finance Commission. Our revenue is also on a downslide that could hinder our plans".
In course of his reply, where he touched on a number of issues raised by the members of the Assembly, the Chief Minister repeatedly referred to the COVID crisis, while urging the public to be innovative, especially the entrepreneurs. "COVID is a time for innovation," he added.