Governor attends 67th Plenary Session of NEC, raises various issues pertaining to NE States

Gangtok, 09 Jul:

Governor Shriniwas Patil today participated in the 67th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council [NEC] held at Shillong in Meghalaya.

The two-day Plenary Session of the Council was chaired by Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, who is also the Chairperson of NEC. The session was attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all eight North Eastern States along with Minister of State for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh, and other officials, a press communiqué received from Raj Bhavan informs.

The Governor apprised the delegates about the geographic entity of the NE States which is unique in the country with rich blend of varied resources, bio-diversity, culture, ethnicity and linguistic aspects. The region is also strategically located with very long international border demanding special attention of the Government of India, he added.

He participated in the deliberations on the agendas which included issues concerning Sikkim vis-à-vis NE States on various topics like tourism, organic farming, agricultural marketing and shared Sikkim’s experience and expertise in organic farming and floriculture with the rest of the sister States.

The Governor also shared his views on NE culture, music, food and handicraft products that are unique and will have a positive impact on rest of the country.

“People will learn more about NE. This way NE can create a bigger sense of its existence and importance in the minds of other fellow Indians,” the Governor expressed.

Addressing the session, the Governor raised issues concerning Sikkim with regard to tourism infrastructure, border trade, road network, railway and air connectivity which is still proving to be the biggest bottleneck for faster growth and development of the region.

He stated that the vision of Prime Minister and his concern towards the specific problems of NE States will certainly fast track the developmental process in the region. He motivated the member States of NEC to work hand in hand with the Centre’s Act East Policy.

The Governor also highlighted an important issue of NE States in the forum with regard to the provision of additional funds for the States to meet its committed liabilities of the ongoing projects as well as to take up new projects, especially iconic projects and institutes proposed by the NEC in its proposal to Ministry of DONER earlier.

He also placed the issue of sports sector which has been delinked from the NEC’s purview. He further assured the commitment of the Government of Sikkim to continue supporting the efforts of the Government of India especially the NEC which has helped in all round development of the region.