The Meghalaya cabinet has proposed that Mawlai Bypass Road be named ‘Founder Strong Cajee Road’ and Long Round Road from TSS junction to the FCI warehouse be named ‘Archbishop Dominic Jala Road’.
Cajee was a minister and four-time MDC who represented Mawlai. He died in 2015. Jala was Archbishop of Shillong and died almost a year to the day in a road accident in the USA.
Other decisions taken by the cabinet included the proposal of rules for the introduction of a central bonded warehouse in the state, which will be placed above the 44 bonded warehouses currently in Meghalaya. The aim of the central warehouse would be to reduce leakage in revenue and “plug loopholes in the system,” Sangma said. The central facility will also act as a bonded warehouse to the other warehouses, who will no longer have to make purchases directly from alcohol producers.
The government will also create a special purpose vehicle (SPV), the Meghalaya Energy Efficiency Ltd, under the Power Department as part of sector reforms mandated by the Centre. The SPV will look into energy efficiency and will enable the government to avail of the additional debt ceiling that the Centre has given to all state governments.
The cabinet also decided to amend Meghalaya State Guest Rules of 1991 by permitting retired Chief Justices, retired judges of the High Court of Meghalaya, their spouse and two dependents to be accorded state guest status on visits to Meghalaya Houses in Kolkata and New Delhi when on official duties as well as when connected to medical treatment and emergency work. Such provisions will also be included for former Governors and former Chief Ministers.