66th Plenary of North East Council kicked off that pitched for better air and rail connectivity
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 30-May-2017

New Delhi, May 30: Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern, Dr. Jitendra Singh chaired 66th Plenary of North Eastern Council, echoed the views of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that we are all committed to implementing the Prime Minister’s vision for the North East.

While addressing the conference, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the last plenary meeting at Shillong in May, 2016 and set in motion a new development agenda for the North Eastern Region. While highlighting major achievements of NEC that it has put maximum emphasis on the Transport and Communication Sector with the construction of 10,500 kms of roads including interstate and roads of economic importance. He said that a new scheme named, North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) has been launched to take up all strategically important but hitherto neglected roads/ bridges.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that 14 projects have been identified to be taken up under NERSDS during 2017-18. Further, he said that to promote air connectivity in the region, NEC has supported Airports Authority of India (AAI) for upgrdation of infrastructure in 12 operational airports.

Dr.Singh said that NEC has also contributed to the development of Power Sector. He said that during 2016-17, NEC has funded construction of 198 circuit km long transmission lines of 165 MVA capacity in the NER and eleven (11) power sector projects (Manipur-2; Meghalaya-1; Mizoram-1; Nagaland-2; Sikkim-4; Tripura-1) were completed and commissioned.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that, for promoting livelihoods, NEC has been a pioneer in implementing community resource management with a bottoms-up approach. He said that the North Eastern Regional Community Resource Management Projects (NERCORMP), is being implemented in 11 most difficult and remote hill districts of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya through participating planning.

This 66th plenary of North Eastern Council (NEC), the states of the region pitched for more liberal grant of resources and better connectivity both in rail and air. While at the meeting, Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu said, "There is a gap between the demand of NE states and the resources provided by the Centre." Adding further, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said, "All schemes should be more decentralized and opinions from the states should be welcomed." The plenary was attended by all CMs and Governors of the North- Eastern states except Sikkim.