The Meghalaya government on Thursday constituted four regional committees to be headed by cabinet ministers to monitor the prevailing situation due to incessant rains in the next 72 hours.
“We have formed four regional committees to be headed by ministers and I have asked them to closely monitor the situation in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said after chairing a review meeting.
The regional committee for East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi districts will be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, for East and West Jaintia Hills districts by Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, who will be assisted by Social Welfare Minister Kyrmen Shylla, for West, South West and Eastern West Khasi Hills by PHE Minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar and five districts of Garo Hills by Forest & Environment Minister James K Sangma.
“The chairmen of the four regional committees have also been asked to go for field visits to the area to ensure there is proper coordination between the different departments and the district officials so that whatever steps need to be taken are taken to minimise the inconvenience to the public and specifically to ensure the safety and security of the citizens of our state and to ensure the movement of other essential commodities are done in a smooth manner,” Sangma said.
With landslides caused in different locations, cutting off connectivity to some areas including transit roads to other Northeast states, the chief minister has directed the DCs and Departments to take swift action in this regard especially in the supply of essential commodities to the affected areas and to look into measures to be taken to ensure movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities.
“We will be monitoring the situation very closely in the next 24-48 hours and will be having another review meeting tomorrow, to take stock of the situation,” Sangma added.
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