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Affordable housing plan

Tura, Feb. 27: Meghalaya sports and youth affairs minister Zenith Sangma today said the state government would provide affordable housing facilities to over 10,000 families in the next five years.

The budget for the project is estimated to about Rs 2,100 crore. The facilities will be offered to weaker sections of society.

Sangma was speaking at the launch of national youth policy in Williamnagar, East Garo Hills.

The scheme will enable youths to engage in different welfare activities. He said, “The scheme will help the youths by engaging them in different activities for the uplift of society”.

Zenith told the gathering that the government, under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, would ensure all blocks in the state have different sports facilities, including stadiums. He also urged the youths to empower themselves with skills and knowledge.

Saying government jobs have become saturated, Zenith said, “Youths should enhance their skills and capabilities to benefit from sustainable development programmes.”

Zenith also inaugurated a two-day career fair and skill fest, which is being held at Rongrengre Higher Secondary School playground.

Speaking at the fair, director of employment and craftsman training, Bhupesh Hajong, said, “The skill fest is aimed at enrolling youths for different job-oriented programmes.”

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