CM inaugurates bridge under BRGF, BADP Schemes

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TURA, July 09: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma, on Monday inaugurated an RCC bridge and a foot bridge constructed at Balwatgre and over Gop River at Gopgre under Chokpot C and RD Block in South Garo Hills District. He also laid the foundation stone for another RCC bridge to be constructed at Gongglangre and released two water tankers for the beneficiaries of the region. The structures were constructed under the Backward Regions Grant Funds (BRGF) and Border Areas Development Programme (BADP) Schemes.
Addressing the gathering Dr Sangma said that it was the job of the government to fulfill the aims and aspirations of the people. He stated that the social sector, namely education and health in rural areas of the region needed to be looked into so as to formulate a sustained development in the particular sectors.
Speaking on urban migration by students Dr Sangma informed that the government was establishing residential schools in all the blocks of the state to mitigate and reverse the trend of students migrating to urban areas to pursue higher education.
Dr Sangma stressing on the need for sustainable development laid emphasis on the government’s flagship programme, the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme (IBDLP). He informed that the IBDLP was a landmark programme of the government of Meghalaya to promote optimal and effective development and utilization of basin resources for ensuring livelihood security and inclusive growth within a sustainable framework.
The programme aims at creating livelihood opportunities by developing a robust and viable institutional network for optimal and effective management of natural resources with particular emphasis on horticulture, agriculture, sericulture, aquaculture, tourism, forestry and livestock.
Lamenting the unsatisfactory results of the SSLC examinations of Garo Hills during the last three years, Dr Sangma said that a special coaching scheme for the benefit of students undergoing matriculation has been put in place by the government. He informed that any NGO or educational institution wanting to coach students undergoing matriculation could avail of the scheme by directly contacting the concerned Deputy Commissioner who will release the necessary funds.
Stressing on the need for trained human resource Dr Sangma said that a Multi Facility Centre to facilitate training of trainers will be soon established at Chokpot. Trainers from Coimbatore, Kerala will be brought for optimal training.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by C and RD Minister, Saleng A Sangma, Parliamentary Secretaries, Samuel Sangma and Francis Pondit R Sangma, GHADC CEM, PK Sangma, GHADC Deputy CEM, Brigady N Marak and GHADC Chairman Alphonse A Sangma among others.
Among others present at the gathering were South Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, RP Marak, Additional Deputy Commissioner, David D Sangma among others.


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