Meghalaya ministers to visit each district every 3 months

SHILLONG, Apr 13: Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today said that every minister in his cabinet will visit each district of the state every three months to review the various government schemes.

Conrad replying to the debate on the Budget discussion on Friday said that during the visits of the ministers to the districts they will meet officers of each departments, district authorities and citizens.

“Public hearings will be held to engage the people and understand their problems,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said that the Department of Programme Implementation and the Chief Minister’s Office based on the reports from such public hearings will improve on things.

Seeking to allay fears of officers in the government, Conrad said that such evaluation was not being done to target any individual but only to improve the working of the government.

He also informed the House that the start-up policy of the government will be out in the next few months.

The Chief Minister said that the state government will give make policy where there will be a system in which the entrepreneurs will do things on their own.

“We would want to avoid being in business and would want the entrepreneurs to take the lead,” Conrad said.

He also told the House that incubation centers will be set up in the state.

Startup incubators are institutions that help entrepreneurs to develop their business, especially in the initial stages.

Incubation function is usually done by institutions which have experience in business and technology world.

Incubator support includes providing technological facilities and advices, initial growth funds, network and linkages, co-working spaces, lab facilities, mentoring and advisory support.

As early stage mentors, incubators are an important part of the startup ecosystem.

Meanwhile, on the issue of plastics choking the towns of Meghalaya, the Chief Minister urged the citizens of the state to change their mindsets and join hands to have a cleaner Meghalaya.

“Not only rules and fines (imposed by authorities) which will keep our surroundings clean but ultimately there should change in the mindset,” Conrad said.

To manage wastes, he suggested the introduction of waste management that is prevalent in Alappuzha, a town in Kerala which had switched over to the decentralised system, an idea of managing waste at the source.

In this particular town, plastic and other non-degradable wastes are segregated at the source and delivered to the respective units.

While the kitchen waste can be deposited in public aerobic bins, the plastic waste is separately collected once a month by the municipality officials from the units or households and handed over to private parties for recycling. Plastic waste can also be given to the state government’s Clean Kerala Company which sells it to factories in other states.

The waste deposited at the aerobic compost plants in public places is converted into organic fertilisers and distributed to the public free of cost. Each unit, comprising two bins, processes 2,000 kilograms of waste and converted it into fertiliser within 90 days.

Biogas plants, both portable and fixed, were installed in households, with 50 percent subsidy from government agencies.

Hotels, vegetable markets, wedding halls were asked to have their own plants or make arrangements to entrust their waste to recognised private service providers.

Conrad also informed the House the state government was looking into the possibility of building roads plastic waste technology.

Recently, construction of a one km road using plastic waste technology in Nongkynjang village of West Khasi Hills was completed.

“If the technology works we will push it further,” the Chief Minister said.

Conrad also informed the House that the total burden on the state exchequer after the implementation of the Fifth pay Commission was Rs 5373 crore and 56, 766 employees (excluding deficit teachers and lecturers) and 29, 705 pensioners will get benefit from it.

Drug Menace

On drug abuse, the Chief Minister said that it has affected the entire northeast and now it is impacting Meghalaya.

The Chief Minister also informed the Meghalaya Assembly that two rehabilitation centers funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment KRIPA Foundation and New Hope Centre are situated in Shillong. Parts from these two drop-in centres at Shillong and Tura have also been established.