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SHILLONG | Aug 13, 2019:

The Meghalaya Cabinet today approved the proposal to reduce distance of setting up of teer counters from the educational institutions and place of worship from the existing 300 meters to 100 meters.

“We have approved the proposal to reduce the distance to set up teer counters from the educational institutions and place of worship to 100 meters,” Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong told reporters after the Cabinet meeting here today.

Tynsong informed that the Excise, Registration, Taxation and Stamps (ERTS) department had brought the proposal to reduce the distance by amending Section 1 of Meghalaya Regulation of the Game of Arrow, Shooting and sale of teer ticket acts, 2018 in the form of ordinance.

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“As per the original Act, the distance for setting up of teer counters was allowed within a minimum distance of 300 meters from the educational institutions and place of worship,” Deputy Chief Minister said.

While justifying the move, Tynsong said that the decision to reduce the distance is justified since 300 meter distance is quite huge for a place like Shillong. “Therefore, we felt that the proposal made by the ERTS is justified considering the space constraint in Shillong city,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the Cabinet has approved the proposal to rename the Agriculture department to Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare department. According to Tynsong, the decision to rename the department was in line with the decision of the Centre to rename the Ministry of Agriculture as the Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Ministry from 2015.

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Further, the Cabinet has approved the decision to extend the financial powers to the secretary of the office of the chairperson of the Meghalaya Lokayukta. “Following this approval, the secretary will be entitled to have financial powers as per the Meghalaya Delegation of Financial Powers Rules, 2016,” he said.

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Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong today informed that Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma would take the salute during the Independence Day celebration in Shillong on August 15 while he himself be taking the salute in Nongstoin, West Khasi Hills.

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Health and Family Welfare Minister, Alexander Laloo Hek will take the salute in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi distrik while PWD (Building) Minister, Comingone Ymbon will do the honours in Jowai, West Jaintia Hills. Education, Minister Lahkmen Rymbui will take the Rashtriya Salute in Tura while PHE Minister, Samlin Malngiang will take the salute in Baghmara, South Garo Hills. Tourism Minister, Metbah Lyngdoh will do the honours in Mawkyrwat, West Khasi Hills while Social Welfare Minister, Kyrmen Shylla will take the Rashtriya Salute in Resubelpara, North Garo Hills. Agriculture Minister, Banteidor Lyngdoh will take the Rashtriya Salute at Ampati while Urban Affairs Minister, Hamletson Dohling will take the salute in Khliehriat.

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