Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma meets with central ministers and requests special central assistance – The New Indian Express

Through PTI

SHILLONG (Reuters) – Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday called Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Delhi and asked for special central help to fund various projects, official sources said here.

Sangma, who was accompanied by President Metbah Lyngdoh, briefed the Union Minister on the progress of the works of the Tura, Nongstoin and Grand Shillong water supply system, the construction of a new building in the Assembly, modernization of health infrastructure and establishment of boarding schools, sources said.

The state government has requested additional funds of Rs 200 cr for ongoing projects in the state.

Sangma asked Sitharaman to step in and give advice to all banks to make the SHG portfolio part of their KPIs.

During the pandemic, the Meghalaya self-help groups played a major role in generating cash flow at the local level and ensuring access to finance for low-income groups.

Therefore, SHGs have a major role to play in terms of providing financial services to last mile populations.

“Since Meghalaya has a low penetration of bank branches in rural areas and as such, the SHG network can help bridge the gap by providing basic financial services,” the chief minister said.

He also called on Union Minister DoNER Jitendra Singh, Minister of Rails Piyush Goyal and Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda.

He also called Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and briefed him on the ongoing work on the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Sohra, which was halted due to lack of funds, the sources said.

Conrad has asked Pokhriyal to release additional funds to complete the building, the sources said.

NIT, Sohra requires an additional 258 cr to complete.

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