Government approves chairmanship of home minister for North Eastern Council
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The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the nomination of the home minister as the ex-officio chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC).
- The NEC is an apex regional planning body and comprises governors and chief ministers of all the eight northeastern states as its members.
- The cabinet also approved that minister of state (Independent Charge) for the ministry of development of north-eastern region (DoNER) would serve as vice chairman of the council.
- The development comes in the backdrop of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government pushing the economic agenda in these strategically located states, especially with respect to the long-pending infrastructure projects.
- “This repositioning of NEC will help it to become a more effective body for the North Eastern Region,”
- Developing the Northeast has been a key priority for successive governments. The cabinet’s decision comes at a time when Japan has joined hands with India to aggressively develop infrastructure projects in the northeastern states.
- “The Council shall, from time to time, review the implementation of the projects/schemes included in the project; recommend effective measures for coordination among the state Governments for these projects etc. The Council shall have such powers as may be delegated to it by the Central Government,”
North Eastern Council
- North Eastern Council (NEC) was constituted as a statutory advisory body under the NEC Act 1971 and came into being on the 7th November, 1972 at Shillong.
- The eight States of Northeast India viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, are members of the council, with their respective Chief Ministers and Governors representing them. Sikkim was added to the council in the year 2002.
- The headquarters of the council is situated in Shillong and functions under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region of the Government of India.
- The Council was initially set up as an advisory body but now sanctioned as a Regional planning body since 2002.
- They now discuss any matter in which the North Eastern States have a common interest and decide the action to be taken on any such matter.
- This was done so as to take care of the economic and social planning of these states, as well as to provide mediation in the event of inter-State disputes.