Conrad, Metbah meet Sitharaman, demand addl funds

CM seeks Rs 4,340 cr from finance panel

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma along with Tourism and Excise Minister Metbah Lyngdoh met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Tuesday and urged her to sanction additional funds for the state.
During the meeting, the chief minister alerted Sitharaman on the overall financial position of the state and measures adopted by the government to increase its revenue share.
The chief minister sought the intervention of the Union Finance minister for sanctioning additional funds for different development projects.
He also apprised the Finance minister on the upcoming National Games 2022 and sought Centre’s support.
Earlier on Monday, the chief minister submitted an additional memorandum to the chairman of the 15th Finance Commission.
The chief minister highlighted the efforts being made by the state government to fast track development works in the key sectors of human development, primary sector, infrastructure development and enterprise development.
He submitted a short supplementary memorandum to the chairman of the finance commission highlighting four key projects of the state and requested assistance of Rs 4,340 crore for implementation of the projects during the 2020-25 period.
Four projects
The four projects are conduct of the 39th edition of the National Games in 2022, development of the state as a high-value tourism destination, building cable propelled transportation system (cable-cars/ ropeways) as long-term solution to decongest Shillong city and setting up a University of Culture in the state.
The government is hopeful that the Finance Commission will favourably consider grants-in-aid support to the state for the implementation of the projects.

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