Meghalaya Assembly Winter Session: CM calls for enterprise on Day 2

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Story highlights

  • The Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya is having its winter session
  • On the day 2, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya calls for enterprise
  • He highlights the need for the presence of enterprises in the state for the development

The Legislative Assembly of Meghalaya is having its last session before going for the Assembly Elections. On Wednesday, the sitting was having its second session where the Chief Minister highlighted the need of enterprises in the state.

CM warned of the “serious problems” in future

The Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday attended the second day of the winter session of the state assembly. During this, he called the enterprises in the state to bring development and uplift the standard of the state.

CM, while delivering his speech, also warned of the ‘serious problem’ the state will face in the near future if there will be no development in terms of entrepreneurship and commerce.

On the second day of the winter session, CM also replied to some queries during question hour and said, “Unless we promote entrepreneurship, we will have serious problems.”

To a question by the leader of the Opposition, Donkupar Roy, Mukul said the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) and its associated agencies and institutions had so far employed 357 people and 23 consultants were appointed for various programmes under the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme.

Further informing of the same, he said, the total expenditure for salaries of the 357 employees was Rs 17.02 crore while that for consultants was Rs 9.67 crore.

In an addition to this, he also mentioned, the employees were working on a contractual basis for a period of one year.

However, he added that the programme was designed in a manner in which the employees would be encouraged to become entrepreneurs.

“The contractual employees at the entrepreneurship facilitation centers and in the basin units across the state can opt out of service and become entrepreneurs. But I think that one of the toughest jobs is to convince people to become entrepreneurs,” Mukul said.

The Chief Minister also said that the MBDA has been a platform to format proposals which are being sent to various funding institutions including the Union finance ministry for implementation of various programmes.

“There are a number of initiatives which have been taken and these have shown positive outcome while some are still in the pipeline. The MBDA does not work on project-specific initiatives, but acts as a catalyst to bring in convergence,” the chief minister said.

Winter Session Day-1 developments

The Government of Meghalaya introduced five bills on day one of the winter session that begins on December 8.

As per the information, these bills are comprised of four amendment bills and one new bill.

The Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has introduced the Meghalaya Essential Services Maintenance(Amendment) Bill 2017. He also introduced the Meghalaya Anatomy Bill, 2017,

The Minister incharge parliamentary Affair Martin M Danggo has introduced The Legislative Assembly Of Meghalaya Members’ Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill 2017.

The Minister incharge Taxation Mr. Zenith M Sangma today introduce the Meghalaya Passengers and Goods Taxation Act (Amendment) Bills 2017.

The Chief Minister Mukul Sangma also introduce the Meghalaya Nursing Council (Amendment) Bills 2017.

The five Bills were introduced on the day one of the winter session and they will be taken up on the last day of the session on the December 14.

Meghalaya Legislative Assembly is conducting its last session as the state is going for the assembly polls in the next year. The session is of three days and two sessions are over and the last session is on December 14.

Also Read: Meghalaya Assembly Winter Session: Mahila Congress Demands 33% Female Reservation


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