Replying to a debate on the Governor’s address, Sangma said, “We have allotted nearly Rs 1,000 crore for the education sector. But this is not enough as the financial burden in this sector is high.”
He said the government has also set up a task force to study the education policy and it is expected to submit its report within three months.
The chief minister highlighted the need to release salary of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan school teachers which was lying pending for the last 7/8 months was a big task for the new government.
The chief minister said 150 schools will be provided with additional classrooms and activity-based aids for the students to help them learn science and mathematics.
“We have to inculcate their love for the subject when they were young,” he said, calling on the parents and society to also play their part in this sector.
On the safety of women and children, the chief minister also called on the society at large to change their mindset first and foremost.
Stating that awareness camps and meetings need to be held to ensure that women get their due respect, Sonowal said a number of measures were taken by the government to ensure safety and security to women and children.
He said the government has set up women helpline 181, the anti-human trafficking units in four districts – Ri-Bhoi, East Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and West Khasi Hills district – apart from women police stations which were set up in 7 districts.
He also said that proposals for creation of more women police stations in four remaining districts are also under consideration by the government.