DoNER min holds first meeting with NE MPs

NEW DELHI, Jun 27: DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday briefed MPs from the Northeast states, including the newly-elected ones, on various schemes and programmes of the central government being run for the development of the region, a government statement said.
This is the first meeting of these MPs with the ministry after the Modi 2.0 government was sworn in recently.
Singh told the MPs, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, that the Centre will act for improving the lives of the northeastern people, in close coordination with the elected representatives from various states of the region.
He said the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is the only region-based ministry in the government and in the past five years it has given due priority to the development of the region under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the statement said.
“The purpose of the meeting was to brief the MPs about the ongoing schemes and future plans of the government in the region,” it added.
Singh told the MPs that various procedures to usher development works in the region have been simplified in order to expedite the execution of projects and to curb the unnecessary delay.
The minister added that the chief ministers and resident commissioners of different states based in Delhi have been requested to coordinate with the ministry and follow up with the officials about the development projects for various states, the statement said.
The union minister said issues related to enhancement of budgetary allocation for development of the NE states are being discussed with the finance ministry that will soon present the general budget for the country.
The MPs were also briefed on the North Eastern Council (NEC), which was established in 1971, it said.
During the interaction, the MPs discussed development-related issues pertaining to their areas, and expressed pleasure that a chief nodal officer and a nodal officer have been nominated by the DoNER ministry for their states. (PTI)