Meghalaya CM champions youth empowerment and cultural flourish

Shillong, Nov 18 (UNI) Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Friday unveiled a comprehensive roadmap for Meghalaya’s development, focusing on youth empowerment, cultural enrichment, and sustainable economic growth.

Emphasising the need to harness the creative potential of the youth, the Chief Minister outlined a multi-faceted strategy that encompasses the film industry, music, tourism, and entrepreneurship.

“I want our youth to not just dream but to create, innovate, and lead. Meghalaya’s progress lies in the hands of its youth, and together, we will build a state that thrives on creativity, inclusivity, and sustainability,” he said.

The Chief Minister articulated a bold vision for Meghalaya’s film industry, urging young talent to experiment and create.

“The government aims to promote the movie industry through both local and external approaches, with a particular emphasis on encouraging the state’s youth. Additionally, initiatives like the Meghalaya Grassroots Music Festival aims to showcase Meghalaya’s cultural richness to a global audience,” the Chief Minister said.

Highlighting the success of the Lakadong Turmeric Mission, Sangma outlined a robust agricultural strategy.

With a production of 50,000 metric tonnes involving 12,000 farmers with all the processing units powered by solar energy, Meghalaya sets an example of sustainability.

“The involvement of 45,000 women Self Help Groups further underlines the state’s commitment to economic engagement and empowerment of women,” he said.

Touching upon the flagship CM- ELEVATE Programme, that targets giving wings to the dreams of 20,000 entrepreneurs of the state, the Chief Minister said, “With substantial funding, proper training, and up to 75 percent subsidies for ventures like music studios and wellness centres, Meghalaya aims to create a strong entrepreneurial base, ensuring a resilient economic model for Meghalaya.

Firm measures to address ecological concerns, especially in mining, were outlined, emphasizing the need and the challenge for community support.

The state’s rich biodiversity and scenic locations are to be leveraged for high-end, sustainable tourism, with a focus on community involvement.

Sangma also underscored the importance of North East India’s collaboration with South East Asia, drawing inspiration from Vietnam.

Recognising support from the Government of India, he highlighted Meghalaya’s developing Air and Road connectivity, water supply among others.

“Our growth in Jal Jeevan Mission stays unparalleled and we have achieved a running water tap connectivity from 0.75 per cent to 61 percent and aim to cross above 90 per cent by March 2024,” the Chief Minister said.

Samgma further revealed ongoing discussions with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to elevate Meghalayan music on the global stage, further cementing the state’s cultural impact.

As Meghalaya embarks on this transformative journey, the Chief Minister’s vision promises a dynamic future, rooted in the principles of inclusivity, sustainability, and economic prosperity.

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