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Centre assures Rio on assisting state

Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio with union health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi.
Published on 2 Jul. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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A medical college in Dimpaur besides others in the list of demands submitted by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio to the centre were among those addressed by the chief minister with union ministers and other central leaders in New Delhi last week. In his proposals, Rio sought sanction for a medical college in Dimapur from the union minister for health Ghulam Nabi Azad on June 27. According to a press communiqué issued by the chief minsiter’s press secretary Abu Metha, the union minister assured support to the State for appointment of doctors in the remotest areas, infrastructural developments for the district and primary health centers. Following this assurance, Rio held a meeting with the state department of health & family welfare and directions have already been given to the department to pursue the matter for a medical college in Dimapur with the Medical Council of India. The department has also been directed to examine the feasibility of appointing 25 to 30 doctors in the most remote areas and initiate the process of upgrading three district hospitals in the state. During his trip to New Delhi, Neiphiu Rio also met the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Alluwalia and apprised the latter about the impending implementation of the 6th ROP for the state government employees and also the request to the government of India to assist Nagaland in meeting the financial obligations. The deputy chairman was also apprised of his earlier commitment about the clause 11 of the 16 Point Agreement. The communiqué said Alluwalia assured Rio that Planning Commission member, Chaturvedi would be deputed to examine the details for assisting the State in this regard. Rio also congratulated Alluwalia on being appointed as the deputy chairman for a second tenure in the Planning Commission. Holding a series of meetings with union ministers and government of India representatives on developmental issues pertaining to Nagaland, Rio also called on union minister of state for water resources, Vincent Pala and discussed issues pertaining to the ministry and overall and equitable development of the north eastern region. He congratulated Pala on being appointed as a minister of state. The chief minister also wrote to the union civil aviation minister, Praful Patel requesting the particular ministry to expedite the Greenfield Airport at Ceithu. Another request was also made for introduction of a daily airbus flight from Delhi touching Guwahati, Dimapur and Imphal to improve connectivity for this part of the region to the national capital.

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