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Meghalaya Govt seeks additional funds for cultural centre

By STAFF Correspondent

SHILLONG, Sept 10 - The Meghalaya Government today sought an additional sanction of Rs 23 crore from the Centre for construction of the Shillong International Centre for Performing Arts and Culture (SICPAC) at Mawdiangdiang.

Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today submitted a memorandum to the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, requesting for the additional grant under the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR).

Sangma met Union DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh in this regard. The SICPAC has been funded under the NLCPR at a cost of Rs 151.33 crore. However, the additional grant is being sought to procure audio-visual equipment.

The State Government has also made a request for Rs 22.85 crore from the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the North Eastern Council. The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has sanctioned an amount of Rs 12.85 crore, while the NEC has agreed to provide Rs 10 crore in this connection.

Sangma also requested for funds to construct strategic roads and bridges in the State, especially in the Garo Hills region. The Chief Minister called for Singh�s intervention in sanctioning the required amount to resume the construction works.

Sangma also apprised Singh of the status of the ongoing NLCPR, NEC and other projects in Meghalaya and sought his help for sanction of requisite funds for these projects.

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