‘Cash benefit of 5000 to each individual in every household for next 10 years is our target’ says CM Conrad
Meghalaya, Nov 17: On Thursday Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma said that the government is working to bring a turnaround in the lives of the people through different interventions and programmes.
He made the remark while addressing a gathering of beneficiaries of FOCUS plus, PROGRESS, Yess Meghalaya and SHGs at Rangatari in south west Garo hills. “Our government has remained committed to the welfare of the farming communities and through Focus and other schemes we are trying to provide maximum support to them,” the CM said.
“Our farmer’s welfare programme has benefited 4.5 lakh people. In the previous government there were no such programmes for the welfare of the farmers,” he informed, while the present government has launched several initiatives that directly benefit the farmers.
Informing that Focus and Focus plus are the biggest farmers welfare programme in the whole of northeast, the CM said, “Cash benefit of 5000 to each individual in every household for next 10 years is our target and we are committed to ensure this”. On misinformation being spread by sections that focus funds are loans, the CM said, “Focus funds were not loans but financial support to the farmers of the State”.
Addressing the gathering CM Sangma said that 450 cr has been earmarked for implementation of Focus programme in the state. He also informed that till date close to 150 cr has already been disbursed under Focus and Focus plus programme across the state.
“The success of the programme will depend on you,” he said while exhorting the beneficiaries to use the money judiciously for the needs of the group. Terming Focus as a “unique programme” that is directly benefiting the farmers, the CM said that vested interest should not politicize this programme.
“This will bring a transformation and revolution in the lives of the people. This programme is to bring welfare and benefits to our people,” he added.
During the programme, 793 individual producers of Rangatari, south west Garo hills received the financial benefit of 7.93 Lakhs through FOCUS plus. 400 pig farmers received piglets and 70 poultry farmers received kuroiler poultry birds through the rural livestock piggery & poultry scheme ‘PROGRESS’.