Byrnihat PHC set to be upgraded to a CHC: Meghalaya CM

The chief minister attended the FOCUS programme held at Byrnihat Ground, under the Umling community and rural development block

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday announced that the Byrnihat primary health centre (PHC) would soon be upgraded to a community health centre (CHC).
In this connection, the chief minister inaugurated the improved blacktopped internal road at Lum Nongthymmai, Byrnihat in Ri Bhoi district, a move that would facilitate better communication of patients and attendants visiting the PHC from the internal areas.
"The 800-metre internal road, which starts from 8th km at Byrnihat on the Shillong-Guwahati national highway (NH)-06 to Lum Nongthymmai village, plays a very important role as it serves the backbone for transportation and communication in the area and is also the road leading to the PHC and Dorbar Hall of the village," an official statement said.
Funds for improvement, including the metalling and blacktopping of the previously kutcha road, was sanctioned in March 2020 and completed within schedule in April 2022 at a total cost of Rs 1 crore.
"I am happy to inform you that the Byrnihat PHC will be upgraded to CHC that will cater to the requirement of the growing population of the area," Sangma said during the inauguration of the road on Tuesday.
"We started in 2018 when we had only 3000 SHGs. Gradually, as we started working on this on a mission mode, I am pleased to inform you that we have more than 35,000 SHGs today," he said
The chief minister was in Byrnihat to attend the FOCUS (Farmers Collectivisation for Upscaling Production and Marketing Systems) programme held at Byrnihat Ground, under Umling community and rural development block.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma  inaugurates the black-topped road in Byrnihat on Tuesday.
Image: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inaugurates the black-topped road in Byrnihat on Tuesday.
Cheques for Rs 49.90 lakh were distributed among 16 village organisations during the programme.
Addressing people who turned up at the programme braving the inclement weather, Sangma said the programme of self-help groups was another step towards the empowerment of women and giving women financial independence.
"We started in 2018 when we had only 3000 SHGs. Gradually, as we started working on this on a mission mode, I am pleased to inform you that we have more than 35,000 SHGs today," he said.
The chief minister also informed that more than Rs 200 crore through different funding patterns has been given to different SHGs.
The foundation stone for a multi-facility centre was also laid by Sangma at a programme held at Moonlight School, Byrnihat.



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