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Key highlights of Meghalaya’s budget : Promises 10 guarantees

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 Improved physical connectivity and seamless mobility

  • Increased budget expenditure for road infrastructure from ₹1,108 crore in 2018-19 to ₹1,788 crore in FY 2023-24.
  • ₹150 crore for the Chief Minister’s Rural Connectivity program to cover 100 unconnected villages and build 100 suspension foot-bridges.
  • Investment of ₹ 1,500 crore for new road projects:
  • Rehabilitation and strengthening of the Chokpot to Karukol road
  • Widening of Mawphlang Balat road
  • Major bridge over river Umngot on Jongksha-Moodymmai-Wahiajer Road
  • Planned investment of ₹ 2,400 crore for the second phase of the Meghalaya integrated transport project.
  • Allocation of ₹ 10 crore for the procurement of additional buses to ease intra-state mobility.

Piped drinking water to all

  • The highly ambitious New Shillong Water Supply scheme with an estimated cost of ₹1,650 crore to be initiated in F.Y 2024-25
  • ₹ 905 crore for the drinking water sector for 2024-25
  • Target to cover all the 6.5 Lakh rural households in the next year
  • The long pending Greater Ampati Water Supply Project and the Nongstoin Water supply scheme to be completed in 2024-25.

High-speed internet connectivity everywhere

  • Last mile internet connectivity by leveraging the 665 kilometres of already deployed Optical Ground Wire
  • Collaboration with BSNL and Airtel to set up 4G towers in uncovered villages

Housing for all eligible beneficiaries

  • Launch of a new State Government scheme for urban poor for developing new projects for providing affordable dwelling units.
  • ₹423 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) to achieve universal coverage of eligible beneficiaries for rural housing.

Reliable and quality power supply

  • ₹ 1,558 crore allocated of overall investment in the power sector including capital investments in transmission, distribution and generation.
  • ₹ 145 crore for setting up of solar power systems at rural households and enterprises under the CM Solar Mission.
  • Investment of ₹1,092 crore in the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme to upgrade and improve power distribution infrastructure in the state.

Affordable and quality health care for all

  • ₹ 1,970 crore allocated for development of health systems of the state with ₹ 500 crore earmarked to revamp all health facilities in the State Mission Health Infrastructure.
  • Budget of ₹ 10 crore to enhance the Meg Can Care program with a target to screen 1,00,000 citizens.
  • ₹ 100 crore for procurement of drugs, equipment, and services Meghalaya Medical Drugs and Services Ltd.

 Joyful and quality learning at all levels

  • One of the few states in the country to adopt a life cycle approach to ensure citizen wellbeing from birth to college.
  • A new CM’s Scholarship Scheme will be launched in 2024-25 to support the meritorious students in class XI and XII.
  • Digital Libraries for Children and Adolescents in 750 villages of the State to be set up at an estimated cost of ₹162.18 crores.
  • Allocation of ₹ 100 crore to provide assured minimum facilities- power, clean drinking water, toilets, and basic furniture- at all government schools under Mission education.
  • Upgradation of 2,148 existing AWCs and opening of 1,554 new centres to cover all villages under the Early Childhood Development Mission.
  • The government will also be launching a new program for the comprehensive well-being of adolescents called MPOWER with an investment of INR 280 crores.

Easing service delivery and grievance redressal

  • Recruitment of more than 10,000 cadre of Village Data Volunteers to ensure efficient delivery of citizen services through CM-Connect.
  • ₹ 100 crore for development of the Tura Integrated Administrative Complex. o ₹ 135 crore for construction new block infrastructure across the state.

A caring and empowering state

  • Allocation of INR 100 Cr to the critical CM-CARES program to ensure sustained support to vulnerable communities.

Community infrastructure for engagement, excellence and recreation

  • ₹ 108 crore allocated under Megh- LIFE for development of Community halls in 450 remote villages.
  • ₹ 40 crore allocated to build various community infrastructure under the Chief Minister’s Special Development Fund.

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