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Committed to develop NE: Singh

Committed to develop NE: Singh
Rajnath Singh chairing the 67th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council in Shillong on Monday.
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 9 | Publish Date: 7/10/2018 12:33:28 AM IST
Noting that the North Eastern states suffers from the lack of adequate private investment, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that the Narendra Modi-led government is committed to ensure socio-economic development of this region as per its potential and also ensure peace and prosperity to the citizens. He further asked the North Eastern states to expedite work on long pending projects of the North Eastern Council (NEC) and ensure maximum utilisation of funds.
“NEC and State Government will have to ensure time bound completion of ongoing schemes in order to enable it to approach the Ministry of Finance for additional funds during 2018-19. Civil society and general public have very important role to play in all our developmental efforts. They should be the partners of social and economic change through social audit. Social audit not only provides information on how funds are spent but it will improve the implementation of the scheme,” said Singh while addressing the 67th Plenary meeting of the NEC here in Meghalaya.
Singh suggested the NITI Forum for the North East to meet on a regular basis and decide on the action to be taken on recommendation by October, 2018 and for this, he even advocated call a special Session of North Eastern Council
The meeting was attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight North Eastern states, including Union DoNER minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh here in Meghalaya. 
Keeping in mind the low industrial base of the Region,  he said the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister has, in March 2018, approved the North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS), 2017 with financial outlay of Rs.3,000 crore upto March, 2020.
Promising that government will provide necessary allocations for remaining period of the scheme after assessment before March 2020, Singh was hopeful that this newly introduced scheme will promote industrialization in the States of the North Eastern Region and will boost employment and create source of income. The NEC Chairman also urged the Chief Ministers to avail this opportunity and create a conducive environment for industrialization so that new industrial units are set up and the much needed employment is generated and also new avenues are created.
Singh urged up the State governments specially Chief Ministers to avail this opportunity and create a conducive environment for industrialization so that new industrial units are set up and the much needed employment is generated and also new avenues are created.
On ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme which aims to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country, Singh underscored on the need of the NEC, should deliberate on strategies to transform the 14 identified Districts of the North East as leading examples for other districts of North East Region to emulate.
Informing that the Cabinet had recently approved a financial package of Rs. 4500 crore beyond March 2017 till March 2020, Singh said the Cabinet has also directed NEC to look into specific areas and convergence of schemes of other Ministries.

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