Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma and deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong met several Union ministers in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Sangma and Tynsong first Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and submitted a memorandum requesting the Union finance ministry to incentivise national banks and prioritize the setting up of new bank branches in rural areas to increase the reach of the banking system in the state.

The chief minister also submitted a memorandum requesting the central government to increase Meghalaya’s share of central taxes.

The Union minister was also apprised of the overall financial position of Meghalaya.

After meeting the Union finance minister, the chief minister and his deputy also met minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur and discussed the way forward for initiating externally funded World Bank & New Development Bank projects in the state.

He was also apprised of the three externally aided projects that focused on Health, Tourism and Road Infrastructure development in the State.

Sangma and Tynsong also met Union minister for animal husbandry, fisheries and dairying, Giriraj Singh and discussed prospects and interventions to be taken up in the state to promote cattle breeding, piggery and fisheries for economic growth and sustainable development.

Theyalso called on minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises, Arjun M Meghwal and discussed various issues related to the introduction of electric vehicles, particularly for short-distance public transport.

Later in the day, the chief minister met Union minister for minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

During the meeting, the CM expressed his gratitude to the Union minister and the ministry for funding the construction of P. A. Sangma Stadium at Tura.

The CM also informed him about the progress of the project and stated that the tendering process has started, and the construction of the stadium will commence in a month and a half.

In the meeting, they also discussed the proposal for setting up of a Training Centre for Paramedical Staff in Meghalaya, which will be a hub and a skill institute that will cater to the entire Northeast.

“Considering the situation of Covid19 and the need for skilled manpower, the institute will add value to our healthcare system in the region,” the chief minister said.

Apart from the Institute, the CM also discussed and requested for an auditorium to be set up in Tura.

The chief minister said the meeting was positive with the Union minister assuring to look into both the matters.

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