Former union minister and NPP candidate for South Tura constituency Agatha K Sangma has reacted sharply against her opponent BJP candidate Billykid A Sangma for accusing her of doing nothing during her tenure as Lok Sabha MP from Garo hills.
“My respected opponent has failed to understand the role of an MP and a union minister. The people of Garo hills are well aware of my responsibility as minister of state and my contributions”, Agatha said.
Agatha said as a junior minister in the UPA, she made intervention in different areas of rural development across the country, including North East and Meghalaya. Reminding the people on her job, Agatha said, as a minister she ensured that industries contribute for water conservation and fulfill their corporate social responsibility, which was a landmark decision of the then government.
“As an environment management professional, I had made an effort to streamline the use of appropriate effluent treatment plants so that toxic discharges do not contaminate the water resources”, Agatha said.
She also informed that during her tenure as minister, the Ministry of Rural Development, invested around Rs 1,00,000 crore to regulate ground water extraction by industries and agriculture.
“There is a lot of intervention, which is still required and I am committed that I will be able to take up the agenda not just for my constituency in conservation of water but across the state and also provided required feedbacks and suggestion in this regard”, Agatha added.
Terming the upcoming election as crucial and important, as NPP envisages to rewrite the destiny of Meghalaya, Agatha said, “I do not want to go on any confrontation mode or counter my opponent but want to clear to everyone that I have a dream for my constituency and the state that is precisely the reason that I am contesting the election”.