The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, on Tuesday, sought Rs 82,815 crore from the 15th Finance Commission. The amount has been projected for five years during a meeting between the State government led by CM Conrad K Sangma and the Commission headed by Nand Kishore Singh.
The state government has also sought Rs 15,609 crore as grants-in-aid for intervention in critical sectors. These include Rs 4,956 crore for roads and bridges, Rs 2,476 crore for power, Rs 2,199 crore for sports and youth affairs, Rs 1,114 crore for water supply and sanitation, Rs 1,048 crore for law and order, Rs 957 crore for education, Rs 580 crore for health and family welfare.
After the meeting, Singh informed the media that the leadership of Meghalaya is committed to address some of the common weaknesses of the State’s economy and the strategy that they have outlined before the Finance Commission appears to be convincing and highly credible.
‘The government can count on the Finance Commission to take a concerned view before we begin to finalize and announce our recommendations towards the end of the year. It will be our endeavor to see that the government of Meghalaya is supported to be able to have really great GDP growth,’ Singh said.
He also added, following the loss of revenue on account of the ban on coal and following the uncertainties of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), there are some issues which deserve the attention of the Commission.