SHILLONG: In an event that took place on Friday, Meghalaya Chief Minster Conrad Sangma unveiled a comprehensive roadmap for Meghalaya's development, with the focus on youth empowerment, cultural enrichment, and sustainable economic growth. Emphasizing the need to harness the creative potential of the youth, the CM outlined a multi-faceted strategy that encompasses the film industry, music, tourism, and entrepreneurship.
Focusing on youth of the state, the chief minister said he wanted the youth of his state not only to dream but to create, innovate, and lead. Meghalaya's progress lies in the hands of its youth, and build a state that thrives on creativity, inclusivity, and sustainability.
He also articulated a bold vision for Meghalaya's film industry, urging young talent to experiment and create. The government aims to promote the movie industry through both local and external approaches, with a particular emphasis on encouraging the state's youth. Additionally, initiatives like the Meghalaya Grassroots Music Festival aims to showcase Meghalaya's cultural richness to a global audience.
Highlighting the success of the Lakadong Turmeric Mission, the CM spoke about a robust agricultural strategy. With a production of 50,000 metric tonnes involving 12,000 farmers with all the processing units powered by solar energy, Meghalaya aims to set an example of sustainability. The involvement of 45,000 women Self Help Groups further underlines the state's commitment to economic engagement and empowerment of women.
He also mentioned about the work done under the CM- ELEVATE Programme, that targets supporting 20,000 entrepreneurs of the state, the Chief Minister said, “With substantial funding, proper training, and up to 75% subsidies for ventures like music studios and wellness centres, Meghalaya aims to create a strong entrepreneurial base, ensuring a resilient economic model for Meghalaya.”
He also mentioned that measures have been taken to address ecological concerns including mining in the state and the need for community support. The state’s rich biodiversity and scenic locations are to be leveraged for high-end, sustainable tourism, with a focus on community involvement, said the minister. He also spoke about the importance of North East India's collaboration with South East Asia, drawing inspiration from Vietnam.