Shillong: Meghalaya Cabinet on Monday has taken up the issue of extending the age limit (32+5) for employment into the government services. However, the government has decided to defer it for the next Cabinet meeting since the proposal needs to be finetuned.

The Cabinet has also taken up other agendas that were discussed and approved.  Briefing the media, Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said the government has also approved the shifting of the administrative building to Mawpdang-Mawkhanu located in New Shillong Township.

The government is acquiring about 800 acres and the foundation stone for the same will be laid on January 21, 2022. This step has been taken to ease congestion in Shillong city and also taking into consideration the expanding of new township that the administrative building will be shifted to.

Taking into consideration the need for early childhood development for the holistic development of children, the cabinet has approved Early Childhood Development Mission that will be jointly implemented by social welfare, health and education department, the minister said.

Minister Rymbui said there are over 1,500  villages that doesn’t come under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme. By implementing this mission, the government hopes that they will be able to cater to the needs of children who need care at an early stage.

More than 4 lakh children falling under the age group of 0-6 years will benefit from this mission. This mission is an externally aided programme and the tentative amount to be spent on this mission is Rs 350 crore, the minister said.

The state government has also approved the proposal to amend Meghalaya Settlement of Arrears (under the state Taxation Acts), Ordinance 2022. The Taxation Department has brought in a proposal to make an exception only for those who have submitted the application  on the last date and who had shown willingness to clear the dues but missed the deadline.

With this the government will be able to generate Rs 12 crore from pending cases that have been lying with the taxation department.

The government has also approved the proposal brought in by the transport department to implement BH Series (Bharat Series) number plates for non-transport vehicles introduced in India in August last year.

As per the law, the vehicle with a BH series number plate does not require a new registration every time the owner moves to another state.

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