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Mukul missive to officials

Tura, Feb. 1: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today urged government departments to think out-of-the-box while implementing welfare schemes.

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony for the expansion of a working women’s hostel at Mission Compound here today, Sangma said he has issued instructions to all departments to choose partners for implementation of various programmes.

Social welfare minister Deborah C. Marak also took part in the event.

The chief minister said he has asked all officials to follow an integrated approach to governance and administration. “We have to stop the earlier approach of implementation and think out-of-the-box solutions to problems,” he added. Saying that Meghalaya has a long way to go in coping with challenges, he reiterated his government’s commitment to the people.

Sangma hoped the hostel would be able to respond to the demands of working women and students from rural areas. “The expanded hostel will provide safe and comfortable stay for working women in Tura.”

Sangma announced that all districts would soon have hostels for students from rural areas. He said funds have been allocated for the project to the education department and work on constructing hostels will begin soon.

The Tura hostel is being built at a cost of Rs 8 crore with accommodation for 75 families and students. The apartments will be equipped with two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and recreation centre. The expansion work is being undertaken by the Garo Baptist Convention’s agency called Social Economic Welfare Society. The existing hostel can accommodate 45 families.

Marak said the venture would help working women from rural areas become more independent. She hoped the project would provide safe accommodation for women owing to the shortage of government quarters and rental facilities here.

She said the government is considering a proposal to set up a shelter home for girls here as well as an old-age home.