Meghalaya CM calls on Prime Minister

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Shillong, Apr 28 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Donkupar Roy today called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and briefed him about the economic development in the state.

This was Dr Roy's maiden visit to the national capital after assuming the highest office in the state.

He was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Timothy D Shira, Finance Minister Conrad K Sangma, State Planning Board Chairman PA Sangma and Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and at the same time extended an invitation to him to visit the state.

Dr Roy also informed the Prime Minister about the Meghalaya-Bangladesh Road Network along the border and alternative access to the Guwahati-Shillong National Highway.

He further sought assistance for building Meghalaya into horticulture hub, additional central assistance for upgrading Umroi and Baljek airports and assistance for a rail network along the Indo-Bangladesh border.

The Prime Minister, while reciprocating to the invitation to come to Meghalaya, expressed his belief that the development of Northeast needed to be accelerated.

Dr Singh also assured the Chief Minister that the UPA government would extend all support for the all round development of Meghalaya, particularly in respect of the specific proposals put forward by the state.

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