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Govt withdraws bill on NEC from Rajya Sabha

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, July 22 - The government on Friday withdrew from the Rajya Sabha a bill to further amend the North Eastern Council Act, 1971 and may introduce a new bill in its place soon.

The North Eastern Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on March 11, 2013 by the previous Congress regime.

The Upper House gave its nod to Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh for withdrawing the bill, but did not introduce another one in its place.

The Act sets up the North Eastern Council (NEC) to ensure balanced and coordinated development among the Northeastern States.

The NEC comprises Governors and Chief Ministers of the constituent States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

The bill also seeks amendment to the Act to reflect the change in the Department of Development of North-Eastern Region, which was formed within the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2001, and has been upgraded to full-fledged Ministry in 2004.

The Act redefines the functions of NEC as a regional planning body for the NE region, include Sikkim as a member State of NEC and provide for three members and the Chairman of the Council to be nominated by the President. � PTI

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Govt withdraws bill on NEC from Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI, July 22 - The government on Friday withdrew from the Rajya Sabha a bill to further amend the North Eastern Council Act, 1971 and may introduce a new bill in its place soon.

The North Eastern Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on March 11, 2013 by the previous Congress regime.

The Upper House gave its nod to Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh for withdrawing the bill, but did not introduce another one in its place.

The Act sets up the North Eastern Council (NEC) to ensure balanced and coordinated development among the Northeastern States.

The NEC comprises Governors and Chief Ministers of the constituent States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

The bill also seeks amendment to the Act to reflect the change in the Department of Development of North-Eastern Region, which was formed within the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2001, and has been upgraded to full-fledged Ministry in 2004.

The Act redefines the functions of NEC as a regional planning body for the NE region, include Sikkim as a member State of NEC and provide for three members and the Chairman of the Council to be nominated by the President. � PTI