Shillong, Sep 12: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the establishment of the State Water Informatics Centre, with the Department of Water Resources as the lead department.
Approval was also given to the engineering wing in police headquarters.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma told reporters on Tuesday that the State Water Informatics Centre will be the agency that will document information related to waterbodies, including watersheds, spring sheds and monitor them throughout the year, share the data with concerned departments so that proper informative decisions can be made as mandated by the central ministry.
As far as the engineering wing in the police headquarters is concerned, the chief minister said the Meghalya police has a large number of infrastructure in the state and hence, in order to allow the department to handle the necessary renovations of administrative & residential buildings, an engineering wing was required to facilitate construction & renovation works within the department.
The cabinet also approved the amendments of the Meghalaya Goods and Services Tax, 2017, Meghalaya Medical Council and National Law University.
Conrad said these are amendments that are mandated in terms of the decisions taken by the GST Council which are then implemented by the state governments.
He said every state government has to amend the GST Act as per the amendments made by the GST Council.
“These are just regularising the decisions made by the Council by amending them and this was done by an ordinance and now we will be regularising it by bringing it to the Assembly,” he said.
On the Meghalaya Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2023, Conrad said, “This was again an ordinance. If you recall, the nomenclature changes were there and those have been made and ordinance was passed few weeks back and now that again has been regularised.”
He said the amendment to the National Law University of Meghalaya Bill, 2023 were related to the finance committee in the University. Besides, the government had also repealed the Rajit Lal University Act, 2011 through an ordinance.
The chief minister said these will be presented in the upcoming Assembly session which will commence from September 15 to 22, for regularisation.