Shillong, Mar 9: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Tuesday informed that the government is still committed to set up the Central Agriculture University in the state.
“This is an important project since it will help agriculture in the state as well as the region,” Sangma said while replying during the Question Hour.
Earlier, Sangma informed the House that land was acquired for the purpose of setting up a Central Agriculture University (CAU) at Kyrdemkulai in Ri-Bhoi.
The Chief Minister informed that a total of Rs. 5, 49, 66, 115 was released by the Deputy Commissioner, Ri-Bhoi for this land. The amount released were as follows – on December 17, 2010 – Rs. 4, 39, 72, 800, February 21, 2012 – Rs. 64, 03, 000 and on September 7, 2012 another Rs. 45, 90, 315 was released.
Sangma informed that the government of India has utilised the said gifted land for setting up of a constituent College of Agriculture affiliated to the existing Central Agriculture University, Imphal.
The Chief Minister also told the House that the government of Meghalaya on February 7, 2005 has handed over MeECL land measuring 18 acres located at Umktieh (Umiam) to the Central Agriculture University, Imphal for setting up of a constituent Collage of Post Graduate Studies for Agricultural Sciences.
When asked if the state government had sent representation to the centre for setting up a Central Agriculture University Sangma while replying in the affirmative said that the government of India has responded by forwarding a copy of the statement laid on the table of Lok Sabha on June 25, 2019.