SHILLONG, April 11 - All 60 legislators of the Meghalaya Assembly today decided to contribute 10 per cent of their salaries to the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund for one year, to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Announcing the decision, Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh said a meeting was convened in which Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and Leader of the Opposition Mukul Sangma were present.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma could not attend the meet as he was on the video conference of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all chief ministers of States. �In the discussion today, it was decided that all the 60 MLAs will contribute 10 per cent of their salaries with effect from April 1, 2020 to March, 2021 to the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund,� Lyngdoh said.
Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the meeting, the Speaker said that all the legislators agreed to make their contributions for the State.
�I am happy that the Deputy Chief Minister and the Leader of Opposition have agreed that this is the time to come together as legislators to see what best we can do for the entire State,� he said.
During the meeting, discussions were also held on the steps being taken by the State Government to prevent any outbreak of COVID-19 in the State.
Lyngdoh said that the State Government is putting all efforts to ensure that the disease does not break out in Meghalaya. He also thanked the citizens of the State for their cooperation and said the success of the lockdown is due to the full cooperation and participation of the people of the State.