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DoNER plans hostels for NE students in Delhi

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Jan 28 � In the backdrop of reports of students and working women hailing from the NE region facing harassments in the national capital, Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh today proposed setting up of hostels for students from the North-East studying in Delhi.

The Minister, who was addressing a meeting of the Resident Commissioners from the eight North Eastern states, directed constitution of a sub-committee comprising representatives from the Offices of Resident Commissioners of various states, as well as representatives of DoNER Ministry, who would identify suitable locations and land where such hostels can be constructed.

The accessibility, security and availability of basic amenities should be important considerations while planning such hostels, the Minister said.

He also issued instructions for carrying forward negotiations about the venues, which had been shortlisted as possible locations for these hostels.

Calling upon the Resident Commissioners to maintain a regular and closer interaction with the Ministry of DoNER in a more institutionalised manner, Dr Singh underscored the need for inputs and other valuable feedback regarding the plans and projects envisaged for development of the North-East.

He also suggested that each of the Resident Commissioners could collect general information regarding the profile and composition of the people from their respective states living in Delhi, which would enable the DoNER Ministry to focus its plans on specific needs of students, youths, elderly citizens, women and other sections of society from each state residing in Delhi.

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