NEW DELHI, May 17 -�The northeastern states have called for resumption of flights to Guwahati.
In response to a demand from certain States for the resumption of air services to Guwahati, Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh said the decision will be taken at appropriate time by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. About the resumption of more number of trains, he said, the matter has already been taken up.
Union Minister of State Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh discussed COVID follow up with Chief Secretaries and senior officers of the eight States of the North-east.
In an hour-long video conference meeting, representatives from the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura provided their inputs regarding the current scenario with regard to the movements of migrant labourers and others from different parts of the country.
While discussing the movements of people from different parts of the country to North East, Singh said, a mechanism has been put in place to receive the list of passengers from the respective State governments and the Ministry of DoNER coordinates with Resident Commissioners and Nodal Officers for smooth processing.
He said, one of the priorities of Ministry DoNER in the days to come would be to resume the work of development projects which got held up. He said an attempt would be made to put it on fast-track so that the scheduled timelines could be met. In this regard, he urged upon all the State Governments to expedite submission of Utilization Certificates and other relevant documents in order to enable the North Eastern Council and DoNER Ministry to make up for the time lost in the wake of COVID pandemic and lockdown.
The Chief Secretaries also gave their assessment about the feasibility of bringing about relaxations in the respective States and different areas in the days to come. They also expressed keenness for the resumption of the held up projects.