DoNER minister Jitendra Singh

Ministry of Development for North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that more than Rs 250 crore had been sanctioned by his ministry for augmenting healthcare facilities in the eight northeastern states for effective management of Covid-19

Chairing a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for DoNER in New Delhi, the minister said that the fund has greatly helped in developing infrastructure for management of Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.

DoNER ministry had released Rs 25 crores to the Northeastern states for gap funding to fight the pandemic before the nationwide lockdown imposed in March last year.

“This fund was in the nature of the un-tied fund, which was to be utilized on any activity relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and not covered under existing central packages,” he said.

The meeting was virtually attended by MPs from different states of the Northeast along with the secretaries of DoNER and tourism ministries and the North Eastern Council.

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Senior officers and representatives from DoNER, tourism, railways, civil aviation, telecommunications, road transport and highways, power, ports, shipping and waterways, health and family welfare and department of school education and literacy were also present in the meeting.

Officials said that the meeting also reviewed the North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) and special packages in Northeast and various other issues related to the development of the region.


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