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MoS Dr Jitendra Singh briefed about GST implementation in Meghalaya



MoS Dr briefed about implementation in

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr was briefed here about the progress in implementation in by a delegation of public representatives and civil society activists led by Member of Parliament, Shri Conrad Sangma.

Dr appreciated the cooperation and consistently positive response from the people of in adopting the new One Nation, One Tax" reform along with the rest of the country from the midnight between 30th June and 1st July. He said that this signifies not only the inclination of this North-Eastern State to be a part of the economic reform happening in rest of India, but is also a reiteration of the people of to be a part of the fast-track development and reform journey led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Referring to a series of developmental initiatives undertaken by the Union Government in the State of during the last three years, Dr said that the work is in progress to lay a broad gauge rail track in the state. This has, he said, inspired peoples faith in the Government. Dr also informed Shri Sangma and other members of delegation that the upgradation of air-strip at Shillong Airport will be funded by the Ministry of DoNER.

Dr also had a word of appreciation for the increasing flow of tourists witnessed during the last two years and said that he was particularly gratified by the trend of Home Tourism" which had picked-up in in the last two years. This was, according to him, not only a boost for tourists but also generated means of livelihood for local people, particularly youth.

Shri Sangma also placed before Dr the issue of proposed shifting of the Excise and Customs Chief Commissioners office from Shillong to Guwahati. He said, considering the commendable job done by the Excise and Customs Commissionerate in implementing GST, this plan could be reconsidered so that the Chief Commissioners office continued to be stationed in Shillong, as has been the tradition for several years in the past.

Dr conveyed to Shri Conrad Sangma that he would put up before the Union Finance Minister, the issue of feasibility or desirability of continuing the Excise and Customs Chief Commissionerate Office in Shillong.

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First Published: Sun, July 30 2017. 00:20 IST