Thursday, September 10, 2009

CM seeks NGOs’ cooperation

SHILLONG, Sept 10: Chief Minister DD Lapang urged NGOs and social organizations not to disturb the government in performing its duty for the State’s development. Addressing a function to launch the EMRI 108 Ambulance at Nongpoh in Ri-Bhoi district, Lapang said, “Rather than disturbing the government in performing its duty, I urge the NGOs to come forward with suggestions to the government.”

He pointed out the Central Government has allocated Rs 2,100 crore for development works of the State. “If the NGOs create hurdle in the process of development, all the money will go back to New Delhi if we cannot use them. But if we can use the money properly, we can ask for Rs 100 crore more from the Centre,” he said.

Lapang said the Central Government has questioned the State Government for the trial of getting more money whereas he answered the State has not seen any major development in the past five years due to the instability of the government.

Lapang said the Planning Commission of India has increased the Plan funds to the State from Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,100 crore which is 40 per cent more than that of last year.

Coming to the problems that government has been facing with the NGOs, Lapang said, “NGOs approach the government to fulfil their demands by giving a very short period of time without knowing whether the government can do it.” Lapang said the Government of Meghalaya will not let funds go this time no matter what happens. Lapang appealed to the people of the State not to go against the non-tribals who have come to help develop the State. He said, “Suresh Goyal has come from Delhi to help us in developing tourism in the State, but the question arises whether you will work with this man or send him back because he is a non-tribal.” THE SENTINEL

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