Other major Achievements:
Meghalaya assembly building project sanctioned at a cost INR 141 Crore.
North Eastern Council has released an amount of about INR 38 Crore for the implementation of various schemes during the year 2018-19.
Under the North Eastern Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), INR. 175 Crore is being provided for six key infrastructure projects.
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, has for the first time, sanctioned nine projects under the component Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub Scheme at a cost of INR. 34 Crore.
INR 35 Crore was released under Article 275 (1).
"In one year, we have faced a lot of challenges but we have given our 100 per cent as a team. The bureaucrats as well as the cabinet ministers and all the partners of the MDA have worked meticulously to ensure that we take the state forward and there are many challenges but I can assure you that we are up to the challenges and we will work towards ensuring to achieve the goals that we have in mind. There are many things to look forward to and in the next one year, we will do our best to ensure that we will be able to fulfill the other promises and move forward in other sectors to take our state forward" ~~ Chief Minister Conrad Sangma
Job Creation: One major challenge confronting the country is job creation. Reports have come out that in the last one year, unemployment rate has gone up throughout the country. The chief minister has stated that with very single project that the government is doing is working towards economic development which ultimately will lead to job creation. "We have realised that in the coming years that means 5-10-15 years , the country and the Meghalaya also is going to see a huge inflow of young people that are going to come in to the job market."
Stating that the current unemployment rate in the state is below the national average, Conrad said that the issue here is off course and something has to be dealt with from different angle.
"Job creation is one of the main priority and we hope that all these actions that have been taken in the last one year will continue and we will be able to achieved and create more jobs for our young generations," said Conrad.
Law and Order: During the past one year, the state has witnessed one of the most violent clashes in the state which erupted out of a misunderstanding between two communities. The Shillong Violent which broke out in May 31 threw normal life out of gear for weeks with curfews being enforced, internet services being suspended and committees being set up.
"When you talk of law and order there is always situations that come up. We need to work towards ensuring that proper law and order is there. Luckily that in the last one year it has been quite stable but there were incidents of some violence here and there. The Home department is ensuring that these kinds of incidents do not happened," said Conrad.
Coal Mining: This issue which has been plaguing the state for years now took an ugly turn last year when two women activists were attacked by miscreants (suspected coal mafias) in East Jaintia Hills. Furthermore, the idea of covering up the prevailing situation in the state was blown when 15 miners were trapped inside a rat-hole mine in Ksan village last year, the bodies of many of whom are yet to be retrieved till date. This incident has revealed an open secret of the continuous practice of illegal coal mining in the state despite the NGT ban in 2014. However, the state government is determined to get the ban lifted.
"The mining tragedy that took place was something very unfortunate. It is an issue that the government is very concerned about. A committee has been set up in all the districts especially in those districts where coal mining is taking place and each of these district committees are headed by Deputy Commissioner. They have been asked to ensure regular checking incase of any complaints of illegal mining and to ensure that reports are being sent to the government regularly to ensure that nothing of this kind is taking place and take action against people if they find any illegal mining activities
"It is a challenge for us because the government is trying to balance it out between ecology and economy and also the overall environment safety. I think that aspect is important for us and we are trying towards it in ensuring that the economy and livelihood should not suffer while keeping in mind the environmental aspect," said the Chief Minister.
Education and Health: "We have challenges in the social sector in terms of education and health and these challenges have been there for the last many many years so it is not that these things have happened in the last 12 months," said Conrad adding that as a government, they are working towards improving those aspects.
"It will take time but I can assure you that our focuses are in these areas. We only hope that we can take these things forward and improve the situation at the grassroot level," he added.
Interstate-boundary dispute: This decade-long issue which has been dragged by state governments of both Meghalaya and Assam for far too long is yet to reach its cohesive conclusion. The recent clash in Umwali near Langpih, the West Khasi Hills has stirred up fresh controversies as NGOs demand an immediate solution to this vexed issue.
"One area of concern is the border dispute. The government is aware and is concerned about the boundary dispute with Assam. This is an issue that has been there from the past. What is important to see is the safety of our people. No matter what the issue is, no matter what kind of complications are there, it should not be affected. People in the border areas should get the safety and also the development like in any other parts of the state irrespective of the claims that are being made by the two states. Both the governments are always in dialogues and discussions at the official and non-official levels. This is not an easy issue and it is a little complicated. We will take time but discussions are on but the priority is to ensure safety of the people and development should not be affected," cited the Chief Minister.
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