Meghalaya cabinet decides to cancel MoU of hydro-power project

The Deputy Chief Minister said that fresh Expression of Interests (EOIs) will be floated for implementing the Rangmaw Hydel power project soon.
Meghalaya cabinet decides to cancel MoU of hydro-power project
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The Meghalaya Cabinet on Wednesday has agreed to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state government and the Sew Energy Limited for implementing the 65-Megawatt Rangmaw Hydel Power Project in the state.

Talking to media persons after the cabinet meeting, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the company had sent a proposal seeking cancellation of the hydel power project citing “unfeasibility of the proposed project development”.

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“The cabinet, through the power department, has agreed to cancel the MoU signed between the government and the company in 2010 as the same was not economically feasible,” Tynsong said.

The Deputy Chief Minister further added that fresh Expression of Interests (EOIs) will be floated for implementing the Rangmaw Hydel power project soon.

The cabinet also approved the proposal submitted by the Agriculture department to amend the Meghalaya Farmers Commission Amendment Bill 2020 vis-à-vis the age of the Chairman of the Commission.

According to the original act, it was only mentioned that the Chairman of the Commission will be appointed for five years. With the new amendment, the age limit of any Chairman to be appointed by the government has been specified as “should not be over 65 years.”

The cabinet has also approved the proposal to introduce e-stamps in the state. Tynsong said, “This will ease people, far and near, to go online.”

The Deputy CM also informed that the proposal of a bill from the Education department relating to St Xavier’s University Shillong Bill 2020. “After detailed discussion, we have approved the draft bill and it will be placed in the coming session which starts from tomorrow (November 5) onwards,” he added.

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