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DoNER to update NE States on action plan

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Sept 27 � Following complaints over status of the Vision 2020 document, the Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is planning to update the Chief Ministers of the north-eastern States (NES) about the action plan chalked out to implement the ambitious project.

The Chief Ministers and Governors of the NES are slated to be briefed by top officials of several Central Ministries updating them about the implementation of the Vision 2020 document, when they meet here tomorrow to participate in the 59th North Eastern Council Meeting (10th meeting as the statutory regional planning body for the north-eastern region), official sources said.

The day-long meeting being held at the Parliament Annexe is going to be presided over Union Minister for DoNER and Mines Bijoy Krishna Handique, who is also the chairman of the NEC. The meeting is also being attended by top officials of the Planning Commission, Home Ministry, chairman of the Railway Board, Central PSUs, among others.

The Chief Ministers of Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram are unlikely to attend the meeting. State Minister Prithbi Majhi is likely to represent Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Sources said the some of the concerned Central Ministries were going to make presentations following complaints by the Chief Ministers at the last NEC meeting at Guwahati over the status of the ambitious Vision 2020 document that was released by the Prime Minister on July 2, 2008. The Chief Minister grumbled that they were in the dark about the progress towards implementation of the action plan.

Sources said senior officials of several Central Ministries including Telecom, Inland Waterways, Power and Railways were slated to brief the meeting about the progress made towards implementation of the action plan. The officials are also likely to point out the problems being faced like that of land acquisition.

The NEC meet slated to be addressed by the Chief Ministers and Governors would also deliberate on the modifications suggested by the various working committees concerned with implementation of the Central schemes. Some of the working committees have submitted reports.

The NEC members are also scheduled to be briefed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs about the forthcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, where focus will be on the North-east. The Chief Ministers and State Government officials are going to be briefed about the various aspects concerned with the conclave of overseas Indians.

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