Ahead of the Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons today announced projects valued at Rs 70 crore to develop religious and spiritual circuits in the state which, he said, lack infrastructure.
These projects will be completed within a period between six and 18 months. "Places of worship in Meghalaya lack infrastructure. They do not have parking areas and they are not lit. Project consultants were brought here and we decided to sanction these projects," Alphons told reporters in Shillong.
The ministry has sanctioned Rs 61,38 crore for illumination, landscaping, construction of parking lots and others in 37 Christian churches, and Rs 8.61 crore for similar projects for 11 other religious groups including the indigenous religions of the Khasi Jaintia tribals here.
Union Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Saturday urged the North Eastern states to accelerate implementing schemes for farmers where the Centre is providing 90 per cent funds to help double their income by 2022.
The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare lambasted the Meghalaya government which has allegedly failed to implement the schemes properly and did not submit Utilisation Certificates in Central programmes. "Ninety per cent assistance is being given to North-East states and they, including Meghalaya, should accelerate implementation of these schemes," Singh said addressing a farmers' fair at Umiam.