Meghalaya CM Distributes Rs 5,000 To Over 53,000 Cultivators Under FOCUS Scheme

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The Meghalaya Chief Minister – Conrad Sangma distributed Rs 5,000 to more than 53,000 farmers of the state under the Focus+ scheme of the state government.

FOCUS+ is a scheme devised by the Meghalaya government where farmers who are part of a group of producers will get Rs 5000 each.

On Monday, farmers converged at the runway of the Baljek airport, 30 km north of Tura town in West Garo Hills district, to receive Rs 5,000 cash in their bank account.

In a single press of a button by the chief minister, the farmers received a message on their phone.

“Congratulations your FOCUS+ benefit has been transferred to your bank account. Welfare of farmers has been a priority of our government,” the message read.

Addressing the gathering, Sangma said “The government targeted to reach out to 4.5 lakh farmers this year. We have successfully transferred to more than 53,000 beneficiaries. We will transfer this amount every year (if voted again).”

“Strengthening the livelihoods of farmers has been core mission of our government. Through FOCUS, our state’s biggest farmers farmers’ welfare scheme and its subset FOCUS+, each farming household in Meghalaya is receiving the financial advantage of Rs10,000. We are happy that our mission for our farmers is reaching the impact we envisioned,” Sangma said.

The chief minister also laid the foundation st0ne for the Baljek Integrated Health Complex at Jengjal with a financial outlay of Rs 32 Crores, which aims to benefit people from across the length and breadth of Garo Hills region.

The climate-resilient IHC will house a 50-bedded Critical Care Block for high-end treatment, 50-bedded Field Hospital for normal treatment, Integrated Public Health Laboratory (IPHL) with the latest equipment for diagnostics & a Blood Bank.

“Sustainability, Universal Accessibility, Quality Service & Patients’ Comfort are the facets of the Baljek Integrated Health Complex. Positive that the addition of this health facility will ensure quality & accessible healthcare to the people of Garo Hills region,” he stated.

He has also inaugurated the fourth Civil Sub-Division of West Garo Hills – the Jengjal Civil Sub-Division, in presence of Minister of the Health and Family Welfare, Taxation, IPR and Forest Department & MLA of the region – James PK Sangma.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills district – S Tembe said that the airport at Jengjal has been non-functional and there was no official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) posted there.

Since the entire Garo Hills is hilly, the airport at Jengjal town is the only location fit for hosting such a event with a big crowd, he said.

In the meantime, North East’s first Drone Delivery for Health was launched at Jengjal Sub-Divisional Hospital on Monday. It aims to ensure the last mile medical deliveries, which will aid in delivering medicines to rural health facilities within a 50km radius.

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