Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma inaugurates CM-Elevate programme
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K. Sangma, officially inaugurated the much-anticipated CM-Elevate programme in Shillong.
SHILLONG: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K. Sangma, officially inaugurated the much-anticipated CM-Elevate programme in Shillong. This transformative initiative sets the stage for empowerment, entrepreneurship, and economic development in the state, promising a brighter future for Meghalaya’s youth.
Conrad K. Sangma graced the event as the Chief Guest, joined by Dr. Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of Meghalaya, as the Special Guest. Bah Paul Lyngdoh, Minister of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya, and Alexander Laloo Hek, Minister of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Government of Meghalaya, also attended as special guests along with others, stated a press release.
Launching the CM-Elevate programme, Conrad K. Sangma aimed at engaging, employing, and empowering the youth of Meghalaya through entrepreneurship, which he believed served as a holistic solution for fulfilling business needs. He said, “We aim to create entrepreneurship opportunities for over 20,000 individuals across various sectors over the next three years. This initiative comes with a substantial investment of approximately Rs 300 crore.”
Speaking about the partnerships that the government has established with both public and private sector banks to facilitate easy access to credit for aspiring entrepreneurs, the Chief Minister stated that financial support ranging from 35 to 75 percent of the project cost to mitigate credit risks can be offered. He said, “We have created three lakh jobs in the private sector in the last five years, and I am sure the number will increase in the coming years. I have always held the belief that the government’s role should be limited to formulating policies, fostering a conducive ecosystem, and providing essential facilities to support entrepreneurs.”
Bah Paul Lyngdoh, Minister of Tourism, Government of Meghalaya, said, “The CM-Elevate Programme underscores our government’s unwavering commitment to the betterment of our youth and the future of Meghalaya. We anticipate around 700 direct employment opportunities and numerous indirect job opportunities, benefiting the youth of Meghalaya. We expect more than 2,000 direct and indirect job opportunities through these three schemes of the Tourism Department.”
Dr. Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of Meghalaya, highlighted the importance of the programme in the context of agriculture and said, “The CM-Elevate programme represents another significant step in strengthening agri-infrastructure in the By offering 50% financial aid for the establishment of polyhouses, the programme promotes the cultivation of high-value vegetables and floriculture crops. In its initial phase, the programme aims to subsidize the setup of 1,000 polyhouses, fostering agricultural development in Meghalaya.”