SHILLONG, Sep 05: Conrad Kongkal Sangma has been sworn in as the MLA representing South Tura constituency which in turn has enabled him to continue as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
Having been administered his oath of office by Assembly Speaker, Donkupar Roy here on Wednesday, Conrad later expressed his excitement in being given the opportunity to serve the people of South Tura even as he added that he is aware that the responsibilities are very different when it comes to MP and MLA.
Stating that he is also committed as the Chief Minister, he said, “I don’t feel much of a difference whether it is adhoc Chief Minister or regular Chief Minister; my commitment was always 100 per cent to the work that I was doing and I will continue to do the same.”
Asked about the challenges faced by the MDA government in the last six months, Conrad admitted that the coalition which he leads did have challenges in term of taking over the system and that it has taken some time to really get into the system or momentum of work.
“However, it wasn’t challenging as it was part of the process I should say. But I am happy to say that things have really smoothened up in the last six months and we are very much now in a proper momentum to work,” he said.
Pointing out at the financial difficulties that the state is facing, Conrad said that he knows that the coming months and years are going to be critical and crucial for the government.
He also informed that there are lots of schemes that are pending and lots of areas and work that needs to be completed.
“We have given more or less good direction to the priority areas that are important to us and I think policies have shaped up in those lines. Lot of focus have come in those areas which we have given importance to and we hope to continue that and be more aggressive and ensure there is more of monitoring in term of the implementation that is taking place,” he said.
Conrad further informed that a lot of reviews have been done on the various schemes and he intended to intensify the visits to the different districts and blocks to ensure schemes are being implemented and development reaches to the concerned people.
Also admitting that running a coalition government is not easy, Conrad said, “It is always a challenge and it will continue to be a challenge in the future but I am thankful to the partners as they are focus and very understanding on the policies we are taking up.”
Regarding common minimum programme, he informed that the draft have been circulated to all political parties. “A committee has been formed on this and yes it is a large coalition and it requires us to communicate with everyone even if a party has a single member but they are equal partners,” he said. According to him, the delay was due to the bye-elections held in the state.
It may be noted here that Conrad was elected in the by - election held on August 23, by defeating his closest rival from the opposition Congress Charlotte W Momin by a margin of 8,421 votes.