Gangtok, 08 Sept:
Governor Ganga Prasad today addressed the 68th Plenary Session of the North Eastern Council held at Assam Administrative College, Guwahati, a press communiqué from Raj Bhawan informs.
The two-day Plenary Session of the Council which got underway today is being chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and is being attended by Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight North Eastern states, Minister of State for DoNER Dr Jitendra Singh, officers of various Ministries of the Central Government and State government departments including the North Eastern Council.
The Governor participated in the deliberations on various issues concerning the development of North Eastern States with special focus on the role of DoNER and North Eastern Council in the region.
Issues including action taken on the previous resolutions of the NEC Plenary and vision put forward by the Prime Minister for the development of North Eastern Region were also discussed.
Addressing the session, the Governor remarked that the vision of a developed India can be realised only through a developed North East and that in order to achieve the goal of a developed North East, the North East Council should be financially strengthened and empowered.
He also underlined Sikkim’s strength as the most peaceful and stable State with impressive growth rate despite being surrounded by three international borders.
The Governor further sought early resolution of some issues impacting the growth and accelerated development of Sikkim.
He mentioned how the Pakyong Greenfield Airport which has remained non-operational since 01 June due to technical reasons related with Instrument Landing System and Radar which are yet to be installed for smooth operation of flight across all seasons.
Drawing the attention of the Central Government and Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Governor pressed for early settlement of the matter and appointing the only airport in the State with all required technical equipment for the smooth operation of flights throughout the year.
He also sought the intervention of the Central Government to expedited the much delayed railway link to Sikkim. He called on the centre to resolve the issue of forest clearance and land issues on the West Bengal side which have often stalled the construction of the project.
The Governor also drew the attention of the NEC forum to reduction in release of funds for various NEC projects in the State. He pressed for enhanced financial assistance from NEC for ultra modern equipment and facilities for the Multi Speciality Hospital in Gangtok.
He also sought financial assistance from the Central Government for the State Medical College to be made operational at the Multi Speciality Hospital in Gangtok.
In addition to these, the Governor also drew the attention of NEC seeking early release of funds for pending projects such as the District Hospital at Mangan and Inter State Bus Terminus sanctioned earlier by NEC.
Seeking the continuing patronage of the Central Government and special financial assistance to North Eastern States to bridge regional imbalances in development arising out of geographical difficulties, extreme weather conditions and connectivity bottlenecks, he stressed that Focus North East as envisaged in Centre’s Act East Policy must be complimented with enhanced investments towards strengthening road, railway, air and broadband connectivity in the region for ushering new era of growth and prosperity.