Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma unveiled a roadmap for Meghalaya’s development, focusing on youth empowerment, cultural enrichment and sustainable economic growth today.
Emphasising the need to harness the creative potential of the youth, the CM outlined a multi-faceted strategy that encompasses the film industry, music, tourism and entrepreneurship.
“I want our youth to not just dream but to create, innovate, and lead,” he was quoted as saying in a press release. “Meghalaya’s progress lies in the hands of its youth, and together, we will build a state that thrives on creativity, inclusivity, and sustainability.”
The government aims to promote the movie industry through both local and external approaches, with a particular emphasis on encouraging the state’s youth. Additionally, initiatives like the Meghalaya Grassroots Music Festival aims to showcase the state’s cultural richness to a global audience.
On agriculture, Sangma touted the production of 50,000 tonnes of Lakadong turmeric by 12,000 farmers that is processed with solar energy.
Measures to address ecological concerns, especially in mining, were outlined, emphasising the need and the challenge for community support.
The state’s rich biodiversity and scenic locations are to be leveraged for high-end tourism, with a focus on community involvement. The CM underscored the importance of the North East’s collaboration with South East Asia, drawing inspiration from Vietnam.
Recognising support from the central government, he also highlighted Meghalaya’s developing air and road connectivity and water supply, among others.