Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, participated in the Caux Forum 2019 Dialogue on Land and Security held in Montreux, Switzerland on 27th-30th June.
Addressing the audience, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, expressing happiness to be a part of the dialogue and giving an insight of the State said that, Meghalaya is a small State with a population of about 3.3 million people yet the State is known worldwide for receiving the heaviest rainfall in the world.
The Chief Minister apprised the gathering about the traditional and indigenous customs and practices of the people. He said that the government has given importance to such indigenous knowledge and have stressed on community participation in the implementation of government programmes.
Conrad informed that the State has about 6500 villages and the government will ensure that the National Resource Management Plans are made through full community participation.
He also informed that there is also a special emphasis on Restoration of Land in more than 400 villages of the State. He further added that the government has linked all livelihood programmes to natural resources and are encouraging people to protect these natural resources.
The Chief Minister also informed that the State government will sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Berkeley in September to adopt 100 villages to start the concept of Smart Villages in Meghalaya.
The Chief Minister said that as the State celebrates the 50 years of Statehood in 2022 and the country the 75th year of Independence there is a need to start living for the State, the country and the world as a whole.
It may be noted here that the annual Caux Forum through conferences, training and dialogues aims to inspire, equip and connect people, groups and organizations to build a just, sustainable and peaceful world.