North-East Zonal Councils - PIB - 22/12/22

Recently, PM Modi attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations (50 years) of the North-Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong
->Points highlighted by the PM
i.Regular meetings: Prime Minister himself has visited the North-East more than 50 times in the last 8 years, while ministers have also visited the North-East more than 400 times
ii. 8 pillars of North-East development: e.g. Peace, Power, Tourism, 5G connectivity, Culture, natural farming, Sports etc.
iii. Infrastructure development: The government has taken up the project of connecting every capital of a North-Eastern State by road, train and air connectivity
Dhola-Sadiya bridge (the longest bridge in India over the Lohit River in Assam)
iv. PM’s Development Initiative for North-East (PM-DevINE)
v. Strategic policies:
‘Act Fast for Northeast and Act First for Northeast’ Policy
India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project, Kaladan project and Agartala-Akhaura Rail project.

->Need of Zonal councils.
-They provide an excellent forum where conflicts between the Centre and States and States can be resolved through free and frank discussions and consultations.
-They are regional fora of cooperative endeavour for States linked with each other economically, politically and culturally.

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