Dr. Mukul Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya, has issued an important clarification after misleading reports of the Chief Minister issuing directions for the release of a sum of Rs. 60 crore to the Finance Department for two major schemes in order to bypass the model code of conduct prior to Assembly Elections. He has clarified that the launch of the Meghalaya State Livestock Mission and Women’s Empowerment Scheme via Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship took place a long time back.
He asked whether the Government should continue working for the people or whether it should cease all work altogether? He stated that the Government has the public mandate to work for 5 years and legally and constitutionally, it is bound to keep working for every minute and hour of the day according to him. The present term of the Legislative Assembly is due to expire on the 6th of March, 2018. As per Chief Minister Sangma, the Meghalaya Government has also taken up major social mobilization drives on a big scale in order to spread awareness about these schemes for prospective beneficiaries throughout the State.
He firmly clarified that no last-minute initiatives were being taken in this case since the Government was still working for development in Meghalaya. The Livestock Mission, for instance, has benefited rural people who do not wish to take loans. This is why the Meghalaya Government is still emphasizing on total financial literacy according to Dr. Sangma. He also stated that block development officers or BDOs have the complete data on all the State’s beneficiaries who are entitled to get the seed money for their enterprises as part of the Livestock Mission. Many awareness programmes have been set up in the State for increasing interest amongst the local population and the responses have been hugely positive according to Chief Minister Sangma.
He also added that the scheme to empower women was not something new and was, in fact, going on for a long time under the supervision of the current State Government. The Government remained committed to accomplishing its objectives under this scheme according to Dr. Sangma.