Meghalaya CM urges Centre to maintain State’s share of central taxes


SHILLONG: A delegation of ministers from Meghalaya led by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma met several union ministers on the second day of their visit to New Delhi, on Tuesday.

During a meeting with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma requested the Finance Ministry to maintain the current Meghalaya's share of central taxes and timely release of the balance amount.

“Also sought Ministry's support for additional grants to complete projects under Special Central Assistance,” Sangma tweeted.

The delegation of ministers also met Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and requested the Ministry’s financial support to complete the construction of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Meghalaya in Sohra.

Sangma also extended his invitation to the Union Education Minister to grace the inauguration of the newly constructed building of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong.

During the meeting with Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda, the Chief Minister apprised him on the progress of ongoing projects in Meghalaya.

The delegation also discussed issues related to scientific mining in Meghalaya with Union Minister for Coal Ministry, Pralhad Joshi.

The ministers also called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at his office today.

Earlier, the delegation met Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Dr Jitendra Singh and briefed him on the progress of different projects funded by the Ministry and requested further support to boost Meghalaya's infrastructure sector through North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) and Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) schemes.