SHILLONG, May 15 - The Meghalaya Cabinet today approved of a Bill to introduce reforms in the agricultural sector by amending a 20-year-old legislation. Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said the Cabinet discussed the 1980 Act on agriculture and felt that vital aspects were left out from its purview that need to be amended.
The Meghalaya State Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 will include livestock and aquaculture and facilitate their marketing.
He said the Assembly which is scheduled to reconvene on May 20, would take up the Bill for consideration and passage. The Cabinet also held discussions on the Chief Minister�s Economic Task Force. The executive committee of the task force comprising Cabinet ministers will be headed by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. There will be six working groups headed by senior officials.
Tynsong said till Friday evening, 2,712 samples were sent for testing and 2,597 test results have come out negative, while 102 results were awaited. At present, there is one active case in the State.
On the other hand, 4,681 returnees to the State have been quarantined.