Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today had significant meetings in Delhi, engaging with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
During his interaction with Modi, the chief minister presented plans for a new administrative city at the New Shillong Township including rough designs, and sought the Prime Minister’s backing for this project.
A total amount of Rs 200 crore under the State Urban Infrastructure Development Initiative is required for the preparation of master plan for the administrative city at New Shillong Township and construction of the new administration secretariat and administrative blocks at the New Shillong Township, Umsawli.
Stating that he received positive assurance of support from Modi to the project, Sangma also submitted to Modi a concise yet comprehensive report highlighting various developmental efforts undertaken by the Meghalaya government.
The chief minister shared that Modi expressed satisfaction and appreciation for the diverse developmental works happening in Meghalaya.
Notably, he acknowledged the significant surge in the State’s developmental budget over the last few years, almost doubling or even tripling compared to the previous five to six years.
Expressing the vision for the upcoming five years, Sangma discussed targets and sought the Prime Minister’s guidance and support in achieving these milestones.
In a subsequent meeting with Finance Minister Sitharaman, the chief minister briefed her about ongoing projects supported by the capital investment fund and external aid projects facilitated by the Indian government.
Sangma appealed for increased support in externally aided projects, citing the current limitations imposed on states regarding the number of externally aided projects they can undertake.
He also urged for an escalation of this limit, especially for performing states like Meghalaya, seeking further assistance to continue developmental endeavours.