Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has appealed to the centre to provide the state with the central special assistance for capital expenditure during the current financial year.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharam held a pre-budget meeting with chief ministers, deputy chief ministers and finance ministers of different states and union territories on Monday.
He also requested the union finance minister to increase the budgetary provisions for the northeastern states in the next budget.
“Attended the Pre Budget Meeting chaired by Hon’ble Union Finance Minister, Smti @nsitharamam Ji. Appealed @FinMinIndia’s intervention to increase the budgetary provision for #NorthEast & continuation of Central Special Assistance for capital expenditure for this financial year,” Conrad Sangma tweeted.
The pre-budget meeting focused on steps to revive economic growth and boost revenue collection in all states and union territories of India amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Sitharaman said that the central government has strongly supported the states to fight the pandemic.
Ministers of the different states also thanked the centre for financially supporting them by enhancing borrowing limits and providing back to back loans during the time when the pandemic was at its peak in India.