Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has sought the intervention of Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar, and requested him to make an interim arrangement for students from Meghalaya pursuing their 4th year of BSc. Agriculture at the Imphal-based Central Agriculture University to conduct their Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) Programme in Meghalaya in view of the prevailing ethnic violence.
Sangma accompanied by his council of ministers met Tomar on Monday and handed a letter of request on the matter.
In the letter, Sangma requested Tomar to make arrangements so that the students of the 4th year BSc can conduct their Rural Agriculture Work Experience (RAWE) Programme in Meghalaya.
Sangma also appealed to the Union Minister to relocate all the Meghalayan students of CAU Imphal to CAU Campus in Meghalaya’s Kyrdemkulai until normalcy returns to violence-hit Manipur so that they are able to continue their education without any interruption.
Expressing his gratitude to Tomar for the sustained efforts that are made by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, the Chief Minister also highlighted how the state government, in coordination with the government of India, facilitated the safe return of the Meghayans from Manipur during the recent unrest.
“Not only students of Meghalaya who were pursuing their further studies in Meghalaya were safely rescued, but also families who had moved to the neighbouring state for work were also safely brought back,” Sangma wrote.
Moreover, the Chief Minister also informed Tomar that about 80 percent of the state’s population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.