SHILLONG, Sep 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on Monday, informed that 11 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and one private ITI will be reopened by September 24.
Speaking to reporters after the review meeting, he said that the focus of the meet was primarily on the present COVID-19 situation.
The Chief Minister stated that several micro discussions specifically on how to contain the spread of coronavirus, increasing the overall awareness, recovery rates, death rates, and more were discussed at the meet.
He also reiterated that posts circulating in social media, which claimed that the state government has called for another lockdown, was fake news.
“Lockdown is fake news… we need to realise that COVID is going to be here and the only way for us to move ahead is to be cautious and be adaptive – and lockdown is not really a solution, it is only a mechanism in a way to delay certain situations,” Sangma said.
Meanwhile, in response to questions regarding the farm bills passed in both houses of the parliament, he said that the bills were a positive move and that it would ‘liberate farmers, give more options and open markets so that farmers can get a better price for their products.’
It may be mentioned that on Sunday, the Rajya Sabha passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm services Bill, 2020.
He stated that contract farming was always in practice, but there was no formal policy that was framed. He said that it will open more opportunities for farmers.