Shillong, Mar 17: Meghalaya Minister of Agriculture Banteidor Lyngdoh on Wednesday said that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is committed in pursuing the matter with the centre for materialising the establishment of Central Agriculture University (CAU) in the state and continue to do so.
Lyngdoh told the House that in August, 2018 the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, reiterated Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India requesting him to look into the matter.
He also told the Meghalaya Assembly that in December, 2018, the then Union Minister had replied that adequate infrastructure and facilities have already been created in Meghalaya for Agricultural Research and Education, hence it will not be practical to establish the CAU at Kyrdemkulai, Ri-Bhoi District.
Later, in June, 2019 the Chief Minister had again written to the Prime Minister of India requesting to personally intervene in the matter particularly to move a bill in the Parliament.
In November, 2020, the Chief Minister again wrote to the Union Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar requesting him to move a bill in the Parliament on the Entry 64 as an institution of National Importance with regard to establishment of CAU.
Earlier, moving the Zero Hour notice, Mawsynram legislator, Himalaya Shangpliang said that the University has 13t Campuses all over the North Eastern Region which includes College of Home Science in Tura and the Post Graduate in Umiam.
According to the Mawsynram legislator, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University Bill, 2012, which was presented in the Lok Sabha on March 14, 2013 and laid on the table of Rajya Sabha on March 14, 2013, a Central Agricultural University in Meghalaya was approved for the development of the agricultural sector of the region and render agricultural benefits to the locals.
“But instead of opening the University in Meghalaya, a sub-campus college of Agriculture under the Central Agriculture of Imphal has been established since 2014,” he said.