Shillong, Feb 25: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Deputy Chief Executive Member (CEM) in charge of Finance Gigur Myrthong tabled a deficit budget of Rs 95, 130 for the year 2021-2022 on the first day of the budget session of the Council.
He presented the full budget for the year 2021-2022 with a projected expenditure of Rs 239,14,49,070 and projected revenue generation is Rs 239,13,53,940.
Presenting the budget on Thursday which is the first day of the budget session, Myrthong said that many activities of the KHADC were affected in view of the pandemic and could not make any headway.
He said, “The Executive Committee intends to preserve and to promote the culture and tradition of the Khasis and also to roll out cultural tourism which will be a way to generate revenue to the Council and also to provide employment opportunities to youngsters”.
Myrthong informed that the Center sanctioned Rs 40,95,00,000 from the 15th Finance Commission for the year 2020-2021 (tied and untied). He said that the state government released Rs 20, 47,50,000 (untied). He said, “We expect the government to release the remaining amount and the grant for the year 2021-2022.”
The Deputy CEM also said that the Executive Committee from the grant received from Excluded Areas for the year 2019-2020 has set aside funds to set up a tourist spot in Mawlai Nongkwar Bishop Falls, market Complex at Riangdo, market in Byrnihat and Mawryngkneng, tourist spot in Maraikaphon, Sohra (2nd phase), Khasi Traditional Medicine Institute (3rd phase) and others.
Myrthong said that the Executive Committee has decided to open courts with Magistrates in Nongpoh, Nongstoin and Mawkyrwat branch office.