Patton calls on DoNER Minister to discuss dev issue

NEW DELHI, SEP 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/15/2020 1:01:05 PM IST

Nagaland deputy chief minister, Y. Patton Tuesday called on Union Minister of State Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed a wide range of issues related to development projects and proposals submitted by the State Government.

During the meeting, Dr. Singh pointed out to Patton that as a special consideration and priority, the Centre sanctioned the second Government Medical College for Nagaland within a short span of three years. 

He said, it is an irony that for over 70 years after independence, Nagaland was possibly the only state in the country which did not have a single Medical College of its own, which led to inconvenience to the patients as well as aspiring Medicos who were constrained to travel outside the State.

Dr. Singh further noted that for a small State with a population of just about 20 Lakh, two centrally funded Medical Colleges are an indication of the priority that the Central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi accords to the North Eastern Region and the peripheral far-flung States like Nagaland.

Meanwhile, Patton also took up with the DoNER minister the state projects to be executed under North East Region Development Scheme. He expressed keenness to expedite the road project of Chan Dang Sadle to Noklak which is about 31 Kilometre.

Dr Jitendra Singh observed that all the schemes sanctioned by DoNER ministry and the North Eastern Council (NEC) were based on the priority cited by the respective State governments. He said, there has been a certain inevitable delay in some projects due to unfortunate COVID conditions, and added that DoNER ministry had been forthcoming in providing financial assistance to the North Eastern state governments in the very beginning of the COVID pandemic. 

Even now, he said the ministry was processing proposals from several States for funding of Infectious Disease Hospitals and healthcare for the future.


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