Shillong, October 5 : The Deputy Commissioners’ & Sub-Divisional Officers’ (Civil) Conference held at the Pinewood Hotel in Shillong concluded today, with a strong focus on charting a course towards a Ten-Billion Dollar Economy for Meghalaya.

The day-long event brought together key government officials, policymakers, and experts to deliberate on various aspects of governance, sustainable development, public service delivery, administrative infrastructure, and inter-departmental cooperation.

The highlight of the day was the presence of the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma. He addressed the officials from all the districts and departments, emphasizing the state’s vision for elevating Meghalaya from ‘Better to Best’ through Meghalaya Next.

Sangma also turned the officials’ attention to key schemes of the government such as the Jal Jeevan Mission, PMAY, CM Solar Mission, connectivity at the grassroots level, and urged the Deputy Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Officers to monitor the projects continuously.

Dr. Vijay Kumar, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary of the Planning Department, presented the state’s vision and new initiatives for Service Delivery such as Village Data Volunteers, CM-Connect, and the Family ID program. Deputy Commissioners actively engaged in discussions and shared their feedback on the state’s vision.

The event witnessed the launch of the DC’s review dashboard and the release of the SDG Report, underscoring the commitment of the Meghalaya Government to achieving sustainable development goals.

Focusing on making the Grievance Redressal System further efficient, the CM Connect programme aims to have a Single Toll-Free number for grievance redressal and improved citizen satisfaction with faster and more efficient resolution. Similarly, the Village Data Volunteers will be facilitators of Two-way conversation between the villagers and the government and single point of contact for gathering data on government schemes. To ensure seamless service delivery, Family ID will be a Unique Identifier of all Households and Individuals and DC Connect will facilitate Timely decision making on administrative matters.

During the conference, discussions were also held on the Permanent Residential Certificate (PRC) issues, as well as the proposal to increase the frequency of District Selection Committee (DSC) exams.

The Deputy Commissioners’ & SDOs’ Conference in Meghalaya served as a platform for collaboration, idea exchange, and problem-solving, reflecting a unified determination to advance the state’s development goals.