Meghalaya constitutes CM’s Task force on Economy for Post-COVID-19

Shillong, May 5: Meghalaya Chief Secretary M.S Rao, on Tuesday, informed that the state government has constituted the Chief Minister’s Task Force to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the economy of the state post-COVID-19.

According to the notification, the task force will formulate clear, sector-specific strategies for tackling economic disruptions due to the Pandemic. They will identify new opportunities and fundamental sectoral reforms (including extensive use of technology) to promote growth and lay out a clear economic road map for the state for the immediate period post-COVID-19 (2020-21) as well as the medium term (2021-25).

It was informed that the task force consists an Apex Committee, Executive Committee and Working Groups. Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is the Chairman of the two committees.

The members of the Apex Committee includes Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tynsong, Cabinet Ministers James Sangma, A.L Hek, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Comingone Ymbon, Lahkmen Rymbui, Kyrmen Shylla, Banteidor Lyngdoh, Hamelston Dohling, Samlin Malngiang, and Brolding Nongsiej and Chief Secratary M.S Rao and Dr Vijay Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary, Finance & Planning Department.

The members of the executive committee includes the Deputy CM, Commerce minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, Agriculture minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, the Chief Secretary, Secretary of North Eastern Council K. Moses Chalai, Chairman of Farmer’s Commission K.N Kumar, Former UPSC Chairman David R Syiemlieh, Professor Stefan Dercon, IIM Chairman Shishir Bajoria, Dr Vijay Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary, Finance & Planning Department and other expert members.

The working groups for Finance Department, Education, PHE, Urban Affairs, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Health and Family Welfare, Commerce and Industries and Tourism Department will be headed by Senior Government Officials.

The notification states that the working groups will identify sectoral interventions that can generate maximum impact in terms of employment and livelihood within two weeks, they will identify critical policy reforms in each sector, identify sectoral strategy for immediate and medium term need and review the existing schemes and propose rationalization for better utilization of resources.

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