By Our Correspondent, TNT News | Shillong, Dec 13, 2017:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that the Government is trying to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among the employees who are working with the Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA).
While replying to a question raised by Opposition leader, Dr Donkupar Roy on the second day of the Winter Assembly Session here on Wednesday, Dr Mukul said that the State Government hopes that the employees who are working in the MBDA would opt out to set up their own business venture by utilizing their experience of working with the authority.
According to the Chief Minister, the efforts of the Government is to infuse the entrepreneurship culture among the youth to give them an opportunity to look at other options rather than spending their time looking for the white collar job.
Replying to a query raised by the Opposition leader on the number of employees of the MBDA who have started their own venture, Dr Mukul said that he does not have the exact figures on the number of people who have opted out and started their own business venture.
"But the Government is clear in its intention of encouraging to bring more entrepreneurs in order to make entrepreneurship a valid and respected career choice," Chief Minister said.
To a question on the number of people employed in the MBDA, Dr Mukul informed that a total number of 357 people are employed in the MBDA adding that the Government has so far spent a total amount of Rs 17.02 crore in paying the salaries of staff employed in the authority.
He also informed that all the employees of the MBDA are appointed on a contractual basis for a period of one year.
To another question raised by the Opposition leader, Chief Minister said that the Goverment has appointed a total number of 23 consultants for the various programmes under the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme.
Replying to a query raised by Dr Donkupar whether the employees of the MBDA will remain as long as the present Government continues to remain in power, Chief Minister said that it will depend on the group who gets the fresh mandate from the people, as to whether they would want to continue with this flagship programme of the State Government or not.