DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday assured Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu that he would pursue with the Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure security for projects in Northeast delayed due to insurgency problems.
Japanese ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu called on DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday and discussed progress of Japan funded projects in the northeastern states.
“The DoNER Minister assured that he would pursue with the Ministry of Home Affairs to ensure security for projects delayed due to insurgency problems,” a government official said.
The two dignitaries discussed cooperation in various sectors in India’s North-Eastern Region (NER) including infrastructure and bamboo research, a government official said.
The DoNER minister noted with satisfaction that Japan has provided loan assistance of about Rs 10,000 crore for various ongoing projects during the last over four years. Japanese ambassador Kenji said the NER projects account for approximately 10 percent of all ongoing projects supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in India.
The Japanese ambassador gave a detailed presentation about the nine ongoing developmental projects in the NER supported by the JICA such as the water supply and sewerage project in Guwahati and a number of projects under three phases of the north east connectivity project.
He said the JICA is also supporting three new projects in the NER including the Umian Umtru Hydro Power Stage-3rd project in Meghalaya.
Kenji sought the Minister’s intervention in timely implementation and constant review of the NER projects funded by JICA and Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). Dr Singh said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid stress on rapid development of the NER and this week he inaugurated India’s 100th airport in the North-Eastern state of Sikkim.