"We tried to give the picture of what challenges we are facing in the state and we received positive response from the Centre. They have to make their own calculations. However, we are hoping that the Centre will consider the state's request," he said.
Emphasising the need to increase the state's own revenue while also trying to get external projects and centrally sponsored schemes, Sangma who also holds the finance portfolio said: "The financial situation in the state is tough."
"There are many challenges that we are facing. It is not easy for any government and it will not be easy for our government too. But we are working hard and hope that the Centre will also supports us," he said.
Moreover, he admitted that the implementation of the pay revision under the fifth Meghalaya Pay Commission recommendations was also a huge burden.
To a query that various programmes initiated by the previous Congress government being reflected in his budget speech, Sangma said: "The government is a process, be it good or bad.
"I cannot disconnect myself from what has been happening in the past. These are policies and frameworks that have been created. I think as a responsible government, whether good or bad, it is our responsibility to ensure that the process continues."
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