Union Ministers to visit NE states on rotation basis

Delhi to host Focus N-E Festival

New Delhi: In a significant development which might bring quick results for the remote and backward North East region, Union Ministers will start visiting the entire region on a rotation basis and a road map has been prepared for the states, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday.
Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s focus on the North East, Singh informed that a meeting on Tuesday itself was held to discuss a roadmap for North East in the New Year.
The meeting was attended by senior Cabinet Minister Ananth Kumar, along with two Union Ministers from the North East – Sarbananda Sonowal and Kiren Rijiju.
Beginning this month itself, the DoNER Ministry will coordinate tours by ministers of the Union Council to different states and districts of the North East by rotation, Singh said. This will be done to give a boost to various ongoing projects and works undertaken by the Central Ministries, he said.
Singh was speaking in response to certain proposals put forward on behalf of the Government of Manipur by State Health Minister P Tonsing who called on him here and handed over a letter from Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh. In his letter, the Chief Minister of Manipur put forward the demand for setting up of a three-star hotel adjacent to Imphal International Airport with the collaboration of the North Eastern Council (NEC).
Responding to the Chief Minister’s request, Singh said that the Prime Minister has been constantly stressing on rapid development of North East region. The Ministry has taken upon the responsibility of ensuring equitable development of all the eight States and different regions in North East with due consideration of their diversities, sensitivities and security concerns, he said.
Mentioning that Tourism was high on the North East agenda, Singh said that in the months to come, a mega Festival called ‘Focus North East’ (Contd on P-10)

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