Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma today said that no region in the State is left behind in Meghalaya’s journey towards progress and prosperity.
“We cannot bring changes only by developing Shillong and Tura or town areas. Development should reach the remotest areas of the State. Even the people living in the remotest areas should have access to development that they deserve,” he stressed.
The Chief Minister was in Chokpot, the state’s remotest village in South Garo Hills district to lay the foundation stone for the construction of a new sub-division office building and a road from 12 mile along the Tura-Dalu route to Chokpot.
Stating that 80 per cent of the population reside in rural areas, the Chief Minister said, “If the State has to progress we have to bring inclusive development on all fronts. All areas of the State should be put at the same level of importance and have its fair share in the development initiatives of the Government”.
Lamenting on the fact that Chokpot region has remained neglected for the last 50 years, he said, “Our Government will not leave any remote areas from Meghalaya’s growth story. We will ensure that people’s concerns are addressed at all levels. Through different initiatives and welfare schemes, we are reaching out to nook and corners of the State.”
He told the people that the government has been working with commitment and confidence to ensure holistic and overall growth and progress in the State.
“We are working with the commitment to make Meghalaya one of the top 10 states in the next 10 years and through various initiatives and efforts, the State has made rapid strides in many of the developmental indexes,” the Chief Minister said.
He also informed that the new building for Chokpot Block has also been sanctioned by the government.
The State government has sanctioned close to Rs 50 crore for the construction of the new road, a total length of 35 km for strengthening, widening and blacktopping, while Rs 4 crore for the new sub-division office building.