Conrad advocates for ‘Sister State’ relationship

SHILLONG: With an aim to develop better relationship with other states in the country to promote exchange of culture, business and trade relationship, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma mooted for “Sister State” relationship.

In his meeting with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said if all Indian States have such Sister State relationship, it would enable learning and exchange of different strengths and potentials, which would further strengthen the growth and development initiatives in the country.

Citing an example of Meghalaya – Maharashtra Sister State relationship, he said, “Meghalaya and Maharashtra can have close association in the field of Bollywood, music, cultural exchange programme, as well as have collaboration for research, entrepreneurship and explore potential of organic products from Meghalaya to Mumbai, where demand for organic food is very high.”

Niti Aayog is working in close tandem with Central Government to devise strategies and policies for welfare and development initiatives, Sangma suggested to the PM that States should also be allowed to work in close association with Niti Aayog. 

Sangma, who is in Delhi, met the Prime Minister with cabinet colleagues AL Hek, Banteidor Lyngdoh, Samlin Malgniang and Tura Lok Sabha MP Agatha K. Sangma.

Water Policy

Sangma also apprised Modi that Meghalaya was close to coming up with Water Policy with the objective to ensure conservation, rain water harvesting, purification, river rejuvenation, etc.

He said, “The Prime Minister has liked the idea and has asked me to discuss the matter with Jal Shakti Ministry, I have discussed the matter with the Ministry and they have liked the idea too, the Ministry is now proposing the idea for all other States to replicate.”  

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