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SHILLONG:Cabinet meeting to consider a number of proposals was held at the Main Secretariat, Shillong.Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma informed that there have been a number of instances where people lost their hard earned assets due to the exploitation in the operation of chit fund companies. In view of this menace the state government considered to put the Meghalaya Prize Chit Funds and Money Circulation Act in practice banning prize chit funds to regulate and curb flow of money thereby protecting the people from fraudulent schemes of such chit fund companies and unfeasible interest rates. The cabinet has approved the proposal in the greater interest of people he added.
The cabinet also considered the Amendment to the Meghalaya Building Bye Laws-2011. Urban Affairs Minister, M. Ampareen Lyngdoh informed that there has been misinterpretation of some provisions related to definition of ground level and basement, parking spaces, height concessions for the buildings and consequent violations,she added that the Government is also contemplating to review the provisions related to height for aesthetics and consequent encouragement for a horizontal growth of a city thus amendment of bye laws is necessitated. The Minister stated that the Meghalaya Building Bye Laws, 2011 is proposed to amend incorporating clear definition on basement floor, definition on ground level, clear specification of parking space for residential and apartment uses, fixing of building height from ground level or basement level, fixing of permissible floor to maximum of 4 floors (14 meters) without basement and 5 floors (17 meters) with basement wherever technically feasible.
It may be mentioned that the High Court of Meghalaya in its order has directed that buildings under construction rising more than G+3 shall not go for further construction in Shillong city.
The implementation of provision of National Food Security Act was also approved by the cabinet during the meeting. The Chief Minister informed that under this Act, Meghalaya is entitled to extension of this programme to 77.9 percent in rural areas and 50.87 percent in urban areas,he said the programme will ensure food security and assure adequate and affordable quantity of food grains and address the issue of nutritional needs of the people especially the poorer sections of the society. He added that as the programme does not cover the whole population there was a need for the State Government to adopt an effective and practical approach to identify the beneficiaries. The inclusion and exclusion of targeted beneficiaries was drawn from the latest Socio Economic Census thereby completing the exercise of identification of beneficiaries in a transparent manner, he stated. Sangma also informed that as the process of identification has been completed the programme will soon be implemented in the State.