Jitendra Singh
DoNER minister Jitendra Singh

DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said that an exclusive 30 per cent allocation of the North Eastern Council (NEC) fund will go for the neglected areas of the region.

“It has been decided that 30 percent of North Eastern Council’s allocations for new projects under the existing schemes of North Eastern Council will be devoted for focus development of deprived areas, deprived and neglected sections of societies and emerging sectors of the North Eastern States,” Singh said.

Singh was speaking to a Chakma delegation represented by ‘Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakma and Hajong’ of Arunachal Pradesh.

He said that the North Eastern Council on the advice of Home Minister Amit Shah, moved a proposal which was approved at the Union Cabinet Meeting.

Singh said that this will also help in the development of the neglected sections of the society in the northeast and reduce inter-region and inter-tribe, community disparity which, in turn, would help in addressing the needs of hitherto neglected sections including Chakmas.

“This scheme would also lead to preservation of cultural diversity of North East and help growth of such scripts and languages, which are gradually becoming extinct,” he said.

The DoNER Minister reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to develop the North Eastern States and bring them at par with other more developed States of the country and at the same time also ensure equitable development of different areas within the North Eastern Region as well as different tribes and communities living in the region.

The Minister also lauded the North Eastern Council for continuing work on its various projects even during the COVID pandemic.

He also referred to the COVID related support offered by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and North Eastern Council to the States of North Eastern region.

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