DoNER minister
DoNER minister Jitendra Singh during a meeting with Northeast MPs. (File image)

In a significant development, all the Northeastern states on Monday decided to identify the common issues, challenges and thrust areas of all the aspirational districts of the region.

The development took place at a meeting chaired by DoNER secretary Inder Jit Singh with the chief nodal officers of aspirational districts of Northeastern region. The secretary reviewed the status of implementation of various programmes in different sectors in these districts.

In the meeting, it was decided to identify the common issues, challenges and thrust areas of all the aspirational districts with reference to the presentations made by the nodal officers and references of the data of NITI Aayog.

The DoNER secretary said that the Ministry will take follow-up action based on the inputs received from the nodal officers of aspirational districts.

Singh instructed the officers concerned to monitor the progress of these districts on a regular basis on different parameters so that these districts improve their performance.

The secretary directed them to coordinate with the line ministries, state governments and districts administration to intensify their efforts for development of aspirational districts.

During the meeting, the nodal officers of aspirational districts like Barpeta, Baksa, Darang, Dubri, Goalpara, Hailkandi & Udalguri (Assam); Namsai (Arunachal Pradesh), Chandel (Manipur); Ri-Bhoi (Meghalaya); Mamit (Mizoram);  Kiphire (Nagaland); West Sikkim (Sikkim) and Dhalai (Tripura) gave presentations.

Their presentations were based on five themes of aspirational district programme including health, education, agriculture & water resources, financial inclusion, skill development and basic infrastructure.

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