SHILLONG, Jan 12: Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma on Friday said that the mandate of the government is for five years and constitutionally and legally the Government is bound to work every hour and minute.
This comes from the Chief Minister after it was reported that he recently directed the Finance department to release Rs 60 crore for two schemes to avoid ban on release of new schemes by the Election Commission of India once the poll date is announced.
Asserting that the two schemes - Women’s Empowerment Scheme through Financial inclusion and Entrepreneurship and the Meghalaya State Livestock Missions were launched long ago, the Chief Minister over the phone said, “Should we not continue to work. The mandate for the Government is for five years and constitutionally and legally, Government is bound to work and every hour and every minute is important.”
Stating that the State Government has even undertaken large scale social mobilization to ensure that the targeted stakeholders of the schemes are made aware about it, Dr. Sangma said, “Where is the question of last minute exercise here”.
Referring to Livestock Mission, he said that the scheme is of great benefit to them especially for the fact that people especially in rural areas are reluctant to take loans and this is the reason, Government is harping on financial literacy.
Maintaining that the women empowerment is not a new scheme, he said that the Government is trying to bring a convergence of all its efforts.
As for Meghalaya State Livestock Missions, Dr. Sangma said that a small seed money is also being given to the beneficiaries even as he added that Block Development Officers would already have readymade data of all the beneficiaries.
“We have organized awareness programmes to generate interest among the people and there is huge response from the people,” he said.