Sangma Presents Success Stories To Top Officials
The state government has taken up a multi-pronged approach to realize its dream and implemented many citizen-centric initiatives, CM Conrad Sangma said.
NEW DELHI, May 28 (The CONNECT) – Meghalaya Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma presented state’s vision to be a $10 Billion economy to the World Bank panel at Meghalaya House here yesterday. The key attendees from World Bank were Augustus Tano Kouame, Country Director, Junko Onishi, Lead Social Coordinator, Meghalaya, Benedict, Senior Economist and Mohan Gopalakrishnan, Senior Economist. DSangma was accompanied by a delegation comprising Chief Secretary Donald P. Wahlang, Development Commissioner Sampath Kumar and Commissioner and Secretary Dr. Vijay Kumar D.
The state government has taken up a multi-pronged approach to realize its dream and implemented many citizen-centric initiatives augmenting all facets of socio-economic development and governance. The government has initiated several reforms in the sectors of roads, water, and governance. One such key landmark initiative is Meghalaya Enterprise Architecture Project (MeghEA), which is first of its kind by a state in India. The e-Proposal System, part of MeghEA has been lauded and awarded by UN-WSIS Award.
This has been possible through the collaborative efforts of the state’s machinery and external expertise from the funding agencies. Currently there are 12 externally aided projects being implemented in the state and 11 projects are there in the pipeline. This accumulates to over Rs.10,000 crores of external funding for the development of the state, out of which over Rs. 2400 crores have been secured from World Bank. Major Projects that have been taken up with the support of World Bank are Meghalaya Integrated Transport Project (MITP), Meghalaya Community Led Landscape Management Project (CLLMP), Meghalaya Health Systems Strengthening Project (MHSSP), Meghalaya Programme for Adolescent Wellbeing, Employment and Resilience (MPOWER).
The World bank representatives appreciated the success of the projects and assured the continued support and coordination for delivery of upcoming projects. These projects are essential for Meghalaya to realize Meghalaya dream of becoming a $10 billion economy.
In this regard, Meghalaya has been working towards enhancement of Citizen service delivery. One such key project is Enhancing Governance & Service Delivery Capabilities with a budget of $60 million.
Sangma said the government had a productive discussion with Kouame. “As a government, we are committed to ensuring that services and project implementation are conducted efficiently”. “We face significant challenges in project implementation. Through synergistic efforts, however, we have achieved success and development interventions with the help of externally funded projects. The World Bank has been a valuable partner in Meghalaya’s development and continues to provide support,” he said.
Wahlang noted, “This support mechanism from agencies like the World Bank aided by citizen’s zeal for progress and government’s efforts has put Meghalaya on a growth pedestal. This convergence would propel Meghalaya’s efforts in evolving the state as a growth centre and open the economic corridor for the Northeast region”.