SHILLONG, April 13: Cabinet Ministers of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government will be a busy lot with the decision that they will visit all the eleven districts once in every three months to review and improve the implementation of the various schemes.
“We have decided that every Minister will be visiting all the eleven districts on a rotation basis once in every three months and review the implementation of the various government schemes,” Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma told the Assembly here on Friday.
Replying to the discussion on the budget, Conrad said that the Ministers will also conduct public hearings to discuss and understand the problems faced by the people in these respective districts.
He said that the Ministers will also submit regular reports to the state government in order to ensure implementation of the various schemes are properly monitored and improved.
“We may not do different things but we will do things differently,” Conrad said while informing that the touring by the Cabinet Ministers to the different districts will also start in the first quarter itself.
On the issue of the ongoing ban on coal mining by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the state, Conrad said that he along with other Ministers will be leaving for New Delhi in the evening to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal.
“The royalty share (from coal) has gone down and we are working on this issue in an aggressive way,” he said.
On Thursday, the state Cabinet had decided to pursue the resolution passed by the state Assembly to urge Centre’s intervention for resolving the ban on coal mining in the state.
In 2015, the ninth Meghalaya Assembly had unanimously adopted a resolution to urge the Centre to invoke Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule through a Presidential notification to exempt Meghalaya from the Central laws related to mining which include the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, and the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act.
Meanwhile, Conrad informed that after returning from the national capital, he would accordingly make a statement in the floor of the House on the matter.