NEW DELHI, Mar 27 : Union Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and North Eastern Council (NEC) will contribute Rs. 25 crore as additional fund, over and above the already allocated funds for COVID-19 related activities in Northeast.
This was announced here today by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, after convening a video-conference meeting in which the officials of Ministry of DoNER led by Secretary Inderjit Singh from Delhi and the officials of North Eastern Council (NEC) led by Secretary Moses Chalai from Shillong, participated from their respective places, while observing all the social-distancing norms.
In a brief for the media, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Rs. 25 crore will be made available by Ministry of DoNER, in addition to all the other already allocated funds, and this amount can be utilized for activities to combat Covid-19 epidemic as well as gap funding required in the wake of the current situation. He said, the precise areas of spending will be determined as per the requirement, in consultation with the State Governments as well as other stakeholders.
While the Ministry of DoNER primarily deals with the development projects in the North Eastern Region, said Dr Jitendra Singh, it is also responsible for coordinating with other Ministries and Departments, and at the same time, seeking the welfare of all sections of people living in the region. He said, the announcement made today is a humble gesture of sensitivity with which the Ministry of DoNER tries to approach every issue related to the North Eastern Region and its people. If required, further assistance whatever feasible will also be sought to be made, he added.
Meanwhile, Dr Jitendra Singh also disclosed that Government has decided to fly dedicated chartered flights in North Eastern States and other hilly regions for transportation of essential items during the lockdown period. The decision has been taken to meet the challenges of hilly terrains and the unavailability of proper communication in these places, he added.
In addition, Dr Jitendra Singh said, anybody seeking any assistance in any form from the Ministry of DoNER can contact one of our officials on telephone or by any other electronic means. He informed that e-office of Ministry of DoNER is fully functional and this Ministry was among the first in the Government of India to have switched over to e-file.