Guwahati : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 67th Plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) to be held at the State Convention Centre in Shillong on July 9 and July 10.
The plenary session will be started from 2 pm on July 9 and to be attended by Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh, Governors and Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura; who are also members of newly reconstituted NEC.
The Union cabinet on June 13 last had taken decision as brought the NEC under the direct control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The Union Home Minister is the ex-officio chairperson of the NEC and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister will be its Vice Chairman.
The Governors and Chief Ministers of eight states of the North Eastern region are the members of the newly reconstituted NEC.
The plenary session of NEC will be the first to be attended by Rajnath Singh as its Chairman.
Various issues related to all round development of the North Eastern region will be discussed in the two day long plenary session to be concluded on July 10.
Among the issues to be discussed in the 67th plenary of NEC, some major issues are transformation of the 14 aspirational districts, Gram Swaraj
Abhiyan (GSA - 1 and 2) in the North Eastern region, water resources management, catchment area treatment through afforestation, doubling farmers’ income by 2022, road connectivity, finding ways to complete long pending projects, schemes in the region, implementation of Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) and security related issues in the region.
The plenary will also discuss continuation of NEC schemes till March, 2020, which has already approved by the Union cabinet.
The centre had constituted the NEC as a statutory advisory body under the NEC Act to focus on the development of the North Eastern region.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)