SHILLONG April 1 - The Meghalaya Government has notified that all deputy commissioners in the State have been empowered to release Rs 25 lakh to each of the 60 MLAs of the State, out of the MLA funds.
Announcing this, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that all 60 MLAs, and members of the district councils have been requested to work in coordination with the district administrations in ensuring that essential commodities are made available.
The MLAs will have to submit a detailed list of essential commodities that need to be distributed to beneficiaries. He said public representatives, social organisations and volunteers have to come together to help the Government.
The Chief Minister added that the Government has been engaging with MLAs across the State to solicit their views and suggestions so that the delivery mechanism is streamlined.
Cabinet ministers have been given the responsibility to coordinate with local MLAs and the district administrations to improve the overall efforts being made to tide over the prevailing situation.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has been asked to oversee the Khasi Hills and Ri-Bhoi districts, Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui is coordinating in the Jantia Hills, while Power Minister James Sangma is looking after the Garo Hills region.
Tynsong has held meetings at Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi and Nongstoin, Mawkrwat, West Khasi Hills, with local MLAs and the respective district administrations to hear their concerns.
�Today the Deputy Chief Minister held a meeting in East Khasi Hills with the MLAs. The MLAs play a crucial role and their inputs are absolutely critical to fight this situation,� the Chief Minister said.
Sangma said that there are grievances from different parts of the State and the Government has been working overtime to redress those issues. �A system for coordinated efforts between the grassroots, the administration and the Government has been put in place,� added the Chief Minister.