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Northeast only region in India to have Regional Road Corporation : Jitendra Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The northeast is the only region in for which the Centre has formulated a to boost development, Singh said.

The today convened a meeting of the for the (DoNER) in the winter capital of

The main focus of the meeting revolved around issues related to the North Eastern Handicrafts and (NEHHDC) and livelihood schemes being implemented by the ministry.

One of the purposes of holding such consultative meetings on the northeast at different locations is to enable members of the committee to tell the rest of about the path-breaking initiatives undertaken by the Centre in the northeastern region, Singh said.

The has taken several initiatives for the development of the northeast in just four years, he said.

"Northeast is the only region in the country for which the Centre has formulated the first-ever in the form of North-East Road Development Scheme" to boost development, Singh said.

Such meetings enable members of the committee to acquaint themselves with the developmental activities of the host state, in this case Jammu and Kashmir, the said.

The pace of developmental activity in the northeastern region today could serve as a cue and motivation for the other states, Singh said.

Narendra Modi, soon after taking office had declared that he wanted to bring peripheral states on par with the developed states, he said, adding that this declaration stands adequately vindicated.

"The most important motivating factor for this is the prime minister's personal outreach who has, in just four years, visited the eight northeast states as many as 30 times, just as he has visited about a dozen times in the same period," Singh said.

The eight states of the northeast, following a decision of the Union Cabinet, will, in the future, receive 100 per cent funding for central schemes and developmental projects instead of the 90:10 funding pattern which was available earlier, he said.

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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 01:00 IST