Guwahati, Feb 6: Assam government will provide Rs 10 crore to the Meghalaya government for holding the National Games 2022, finance minister informed the state assembly on Wednesday.
“The seven Northeastern states are often called as Seven Sisters, and Assam, among them, is like a baideu – the responsible elder sister. As the members of this House already know, our neighbouring state of Meghalaya is gearing up for hosting the National Games, 2022. To this effect, as a goodwill gesture, we would like to give a solidarity fund of Rs. 10 crore to the Meghalaya government. We are earmarking an equivalent amount in this budget for the same,” Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said while presenting the state budget in the state assembly on Wednesday.
“Assam hosted the National Games in the year 2007 and, therefore, we understand the financial demands and dilemmas that a state from our region faces in organising an event of such stature. Many of our sister states extended their moral support and celebrated the event as their own,” he said.
“It is only fair that we extend our support to Meghalaya and wish them the very best for organising the ‘Best-ever’ National Games,” the minister said.