Tura: While Meghalaya is gearing up for election, chief minister Conrad K. Sangma is all out to woo support of farmers with ‘cash gifts’ before Christmas.
CM Sangma distributed Rs 5,000 to more than 53,000 farmers of Meghalaya under the Focus+ scheme.
FOCUS+ is a scheme devised by the Meghalaya government where farmers who are part of a group of producers get Rs 5000 each.
Thousands of farmers on Monday had assembled at the runway of the Baljek airport near Tura in West Garo Hills district, to receive Rs 5,000 cash in their bank accounts.
The money deposited to the farmers’ bank accounts is a ‘big gift’ from the government before Christmas in Christian-majority Meghalaya.
The ‘big gift’ to the farmers will be a crucial factor in wooing support during the run up to the state assembly election. The election is scheduled to be held in February next year.
The NPP-led government plans to reach out to 4.5 lakh farmers this year. “We have successfully transferred to more than 53,000 beneficiaries,” Sangma said, adding that the government will transfer the amount every year if voted again to power.
The CM also distributed Rs 1.47 Crore to 11 villages under Rongram Block through Meg-LIFE, a financial support scheme to help them construct Community Halls in their respective villages.
₹1.47 Crore was released to 11 villages under Rongram Block through Meg-LIFE, a financial support scheme to help them construct Community Halls in their respective villages.
The scheme is through a convergence fund of JICA, Chief Minister’s Special Development Fund & MBDA pic.twitter.com/lg5FpJqyoY
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) December 5, 2022
The Meg-LIFE scheme is through a convergence fund of JICA, CM’s Special Development Fund and Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA).
During the last couple of months, chief minister Conrad K Sangma has also been distributing free piglets and poultry to farmers across the state.