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SHILLONG | Jan 21, 2019:

The NPP-led MDA Government is looking to have partnership with the bigger States in the country in terms of sharing of ideas which will help the State to move forward.

This idea was mooted by Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma while talking to media persons here today.

According to the Chief Minister, the Government is looking for a partnership with States like Gujarat, Telangana and Maharastra since these States have the resources whereas Meghalaya has the good practices.

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“We are mooting this idea since it is always seen that majority of the Northeastern States always look up to the Centre for help. But I am of the view that we should also take the initiative to tie up with the bigger States of the country,” Conrad said.

Citing an example, he said that by partnering with States like Telengana, Meghalaya would greatly benefit by studying how the IT industry has evolved in this Southern State of the country.

“Telengana can look at Meghalaya as the second hub for promoting of IT industry,” Chief Minister said.

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He further said that Meghalaya’s social audit system has been appreciated adding that there are many states that want to follow the state’s model of social auditing.

“Under the concept of projecting Meghalaya as the ‘Sister State’ for the bigger states of the country,  a mechanism would be found out to find ways  for exchange of the best practices and support,” Chief Minister said.

He said that the Government is also looking to have a tie up with countries abroad. “But partnering with bigger States in the country is a much easier,” Conrad said.

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It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya Government has also come up with the idea of having a partnership with the bigger States under its 100 days programme initiative. The State Government is looking to complete the exercise by drawing up of the MOU in the next 100 days.

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