The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is all set to hold a Cabinet meeting at Jowai, the district headquarters of West Jaiñtia Hills district, on February 4.
This is in continuation with the MDA government’s decision to hold Cabinet meetings outside the state Secretariat in Shillong.
The Meghalaya Cabinet meeting will be held at the Conference Hall of the office of the divisional officer, soil and water conservation, territorial division at Mih Myntdu, Jowai at 12 noon.
This is for the second time that the MDA government would hold the Cabinet meeting outside Shillong.
The first Meghalaya Cabinet meeting outside Shillong was held at Tura in West Garo Hills district on June 10, 2019.
Last year, the MDA government was criticised for holding the Cabinet meeting outside the state Secretariat.
However, Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said the decision to hold Cabinet meeting on a rotation basis in every district headquarters was being appreciated by one and all.
“Holding the Cabinet outside the state’s capital is very good and very productive,” he said.
He said the opposition Congress may criticize the government for the sake of criticising, but holding Cabinet meeting on a rotation basis in every district headquarters is being appreciated by one and all.
“When we hold Cabinet meeting out of Shillong, all our ministers held review meetings and site inspections. One minister held two to three meetings and reviewed their departments,” said Meghalaya deputy chief minister Tynsong.
“It is so productive because the presence of the entire government cannot be felt until unless you reach out to the district headquarters and the district administrations work harder than they used to do.”
“Once senior officials including the Chief Secretary are there in the district headquarters, you will understand the impact,” Tynsong added.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma last year entrusted each minister to look after one district each to ensure that ministers hold regular systematic review meetings in their respective assigned districts.