Dr. Heptulla wants review of NEC fund distribution

Dr. Heptulla wants review of NEC fund distribution
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla addressing a news conference in Imphal on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 15 | Publish Date: 7/16/2018 12:41:41 AM IST
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has suggested a review in the mode of North Eastern Council (NEC)’s fund distribution to its member states. She said, that “NEC’s fund distribution should not be based on the size and population of the states because other smaller states cannot match Assam.”
Addressing a news conference at Imphal Raj Bhavan on Sunday, the Governor elaborated that among the eight states in the NE region seven are small and faces similar problems. 
“The parameter for the distribution of the money should be based on developmental index. They have taken to extent but not to my satisfaction. More or less we got what we wanted,” said the Governor, who attended the recently concluded NEC meeting at Shillong in Meghalaya. She said that during the first session of the NEC meeting, an action-taken plan report on the 64th plenary and approval of the draft annual plan of NEC for 2018-19 was tabled.
 The meeting chaired by Union home minister Rajnath Singh discussed some of the major issues such as  transformation of several districts in the region, strengthening livelihood programmes, water resources management, catchment area treatment through afforestation, doubling farmers’ income by 2022, road connectivity, she informed. The Governor said that she took the responsibility of representing the state since both the chief minister and chief secretary were not able to attend due to the prevailing situation in the state. 
She added that she was very vocal about the issues of the state and as result NEC had decided to improve the infrastructures by approving 29 projects for the state.  
“The state was not given a good share of money and I asked for more within the NEC,” Heptulla claimed.  During the meeting, the Governor said that she also brought up the issue of dying Loktak Lake, which was a thing to be concerned about as tourism of the state is depend on Loktak.  She insisted that more focus should be given on infrastructures and roads because the state is landlocked. 
About the plans of any upcoming projects in the state, the Governor said, “We should first finish the projects here because leaving them incomplete will not be useful and further projects will come up as per the priority given by the state government.” 

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