Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has claimed that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has spent Rs 50,000 crore on the State’s development in the last three-and-a-half years.
He made the claim during an election rally at Umpling here yesterday to garner support for NPP candidate Pyniaid Sing Syiem who is contesting for the Assembly by-election from Mawryngkneng constituency scheduled on October 30.
“We have spent over Rs 50,000 crore on the development of Meghalaya in the last three-and-a-half years. This is more than what any past government in our State had done,” Sangma said.
He also claimed that the MDA government has also constructed 1,800 km of roads in the last three-and-a-half years.
According to him, the past governments had built a maximum of 700 km of roads during their tenure.
Sangma also said his government has been able to reduce malnutrition by 90 per cent since 2018.
“The present government spends Rs 1,500 crore on MGNREGA every year, while previous governments spent a maximum of Rs 600 crore in the past,” he said.
Sangma also claimed that previous Meghalaya governments had failed to resolve the boundary issue with Assam due to “political insensitivity”.
“Our government has dared to take up the boundary issue as we realised that people have given us the verdict to find a solution to it. We have moved forward and there is light at the end of the tunnel. We will find some level of resolution,” Sangma said. The chief minister said that his government has constituted a committee to look into the Punjabi Lane issue.
“There are complicated issues but we will resolve them,” he said.
Sangma said that his government has moved a resolution to demand for inclusion of Garo and Khasi languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.