Union Government sets up ‘NITI Forum for Northeast’

Feb 22, 2018 16:16 IST

The Union Government announced on February 21, 2018 that it has issued an order for the setting up of the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’.

The forum will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER.

Composition of the Forum

The forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).

The members of the forum would include:

- Secretaries of Government Ministries including Transport, Railways, Power, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, New & Renewable Energy, Health & Family Welfare, Human Resource Development, Environment and Forest & Climate Change.

- Chief Secretaries of north-eastern states of Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

- Secretary, North East Council (NEC), Shillong and Joint Secretary (NE), MHA along with a number of experts from various fields.

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Key Objectives

• The main task of the forum would be to identify various constraints on the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the North East Region of the country.

• It will also be required to recommend suitable interventions for addressing the identified constraints.

• It will also review the development status in the North East Region.

• It may also examine and address any other issue that is of importance.

• The forum would also be required to devise its own procedure to conduct its business/meetings/fields visits or constitution of Sub-Groups.

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