Conrad moots using MNREGS to boost infrastructure

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, April 13: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is working towards ensuring that the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MNREGS) in the state not only creates jobs but also boosts infrastructure in the state.
Informing this while replying to the budget discussion in the Assembly here on Friday, Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma said the government will see that the scheme is not only for giving employment but for creation of assets as well.

He said that the Community and Rural Development (C&RD) department is fast growing because as of today its budget allocation is Rs 1200 crore compared to four-five years back which was only Rs 300 crore.
With regards to the newly created C&RD blocks, Conrad said the government will figure out a way to get funds for the construction of office buildings for these new blocks.
At the same time, he informed that the different posts have also been sent to Meghalaya Public Service Commission (MPSC) and District Selection Committees (DSCs) to start the selection process for recruitment of candidates.
Meanwhile, Conrad also informed that the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) will visit the state within a month’s time to see that a start up policy is in place and that incubation centres are set up here in the state.


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