Dimapur, April 8: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh has said that more than Rs 250 crore had been sanctioned by the Ministry of DoNER for augmenting healthcare facilities in the eight North-Eastern States for effective management of COVID-19.
Chairing a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for Ministry of DoNER today, the Minister said that fund has greatly helped in developing infrastructure for management of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Most of the Members of Parliament lauded the role of the Ministry of DoNER for its timely support to fight the pandemic, informed a PIB release.
Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that long before the lockdown, in the very early stage of impending coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of DoNER had promptly released Rs 25 crores to North Eastern States for gap funding to fight the COVID-19 outbreak effectively. This fund was in the nature of un-tied fund, which was to be utilized on any activity relating to COVID-19 pandemic, and not covered under existing central packages.
The meeting was attended by MPs from Lok Sabha, Rebati Tripura, Dr RajkumarRanjan Singh, Tapir Gao, Abdul Khaleque, Ramprit Mandal and C. Lal Rosanga, who joined the meeting online from Aizwal.
The main agenda of the meeting “Review of North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme(NESIDS) and Special Packages in NER” and various other issues related to the development of the North Eastern region were discussed in today’s meeting. The issue of utilization of 10% GBS in NER by Non-exempt Central Ministries/Departments was also discussed in detail.
Dr Jitendra Singh apprised the Members of Parliament about certain important initiatives like separate NEC Budget for deprived sections and neglected areas, which was a long pending demand from the region.
Dr Jitendra Singh assured the MPs that issues like connectivity, flood control, rain harvesting system, tourism, infrastructure development, telecommunications, residential schools and other related demands would be taken up on priority basis in coming days. He said the Ministry of DoNER will play a role of facilitator and guide for other ministries and the ministries can approach him in a free and frank manner for identifying such projects. (Page News Service)