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NEC failed to live upto expectations: NE orgs
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 8:
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Published on 9 Dec. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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The North Eastern Council (NEC), a regional planning body has failed to live up to the aspirations of the people of the northeast, social organisations from the region said here today.
“The social side of the NEC is sadly missing. The council has relegated itself merely as an infrastructure development agency,” Monisha Behl, advisor North East Network (NEN) said on the sidelines of a special two-day consultative meeting with the Planning Commission, to formulate the Approach Paper for the 12th Five-Year Plan.
Citing an example, the women rights activist said, NEC was ready to fund construction of a school building, but takes the least interest thereafter to see that the school actually functions by lending a helping hand in recruitment of staffs, teachers and other related matters.
She said the NEC must be people-oriented and try seeking answers to people’s problem. “Its role is not just limited to funding,” Behl argued.
Amiya Sharma, from the Rajiv Gandhi Vikas Nidhi, another social organisation, said, that red-tapism in NEC has made it into Babudom. “Nobody knows where the funds are going from the organisation and who the beneficiaries are,” he added.
“There was no transparency in running of the NEC and the Ministry of DoNER must take corrective steps so that this vital organisation of the region lives up to its objective,” he said.
Further, he said that the Northeast Industrial policy must also be re-visited. “Many of the industries, like the ones in Byrnihat are flouting norms relating to environment and recruitment of local people.”
Behl, on the other hand said, the Vision 20:20 document has not been finalised.
“Some of the vision statements are extremely crucial for the development of the region and these must be incorporated in the next five year plan,” she suggested to the Planning Commission.
Meanwhile, Saumitra Chaudhuri member of the Planning Commission said that the suggestions of the social organisations would be considered while formulating the 12th Five-Year plan.
“There are no silver bullets to solve these issues, but solutions are being worked out and one way is to read the minds of the people through social organisations,” he stated.

 
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