NEW DELHI, Jan 24 � In the face of demands to set up base in the NE region, Union Minister of State of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh has decided to establish a camp office of the DoNER secretariat by rotation in each state of the region.
The process will start from Itanagar, when the DoNER secretariat would start functioning. According to the Minister�s direction, the secretariat would be set up by rotation for three-four days every month in each of the eight north-eastern states.
The idea behind this move is to make the people of North-east realise that the Ministry of DoNER, which was established for their benefit, has the capacity to reach out to them in their own state and district.
�This will send a reassuring message that the people of North-east do not need to travel to New Delhi for redressal of their grievances, but it is New Delhi which will, through the medium of DoNER, reach them at their destination,� Dr Singh said.
The Centre has started the process of sending eight Union Ministers by rotation, every fortnight to the North-east, so that one Minister each shall be visiting one of the eight states every fifteen days.
As per the new order, the Union Secretary of DoNER and other senior officers will be camping in each of the north-eastern states by rotation for three-four days every month. During this period, the officials in the camp secretariat of DoNER will not confine their activities only to the state capital, but also tour various districts of the state, as may be required. They will also be assessing the progress of different ongoing projects funded by the DoNER and the North-Eastern Council (NEC).
Dr Singh also issued instructions that the timing and roster of the camp office in any given state should be intimated in advance to the Ministers, MPs and MLAs of the respective state, so that everybody gets a fair opportunity to interact with visiting officials from the Ministry of DoNER.
The Secretary DoNER will be holding Camp Secretariat office along with other senior officers in the month of February in Arunachal Pradesh and will also be available for interaction with peoples� representatives and various sections of society at Itanagar.