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DoNER plan to boost NE air connectivity
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 10 – In the face of protests over poor air connectivity in the region, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) is likely to convene an inter-ministerial meeting with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to address the problem.

Union Minister of State of (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh said an inter-ministerial meeting is being contemplated with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation to address the most widely felt problem of poor air connectivity in the region, particularly in the backdrop of rail network and road highways.

An inter-ministerial meeting was held two weeks back with the Union Ministry of Tourism. A Standing Committee of the two Ministries has been constituted to work out various means of attracting tourists, filmmakers and holiday seekers to the North Eastern region, which will generate immense opportunities for job and revenue generation.

The Minister was addressing senior Delhi-based North-East officers working in different government departments in the union capital. He called upon to officers of North-East origin living in Delhi to act as resource persons for the DoNER Ministry to help the government to discharge its obligations towards the region in a more effective manner.

Dr Singh said the Ministry of DoNER has taken upon itself the dual responsibility of implementing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for development of North-East and at the same time, to act as a bridge of hearts and minds between North-East and the rest of the country.

Considering the immense youth potential of the North East region, Dr Singh referred to the decision to set up a sports university, new agricultural colleges and other educational institutions there so that the youth exodus from the region could be curtailed. At the same time, for the students living in Delhi, hostels have been planned in the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ramanujan College, he added.

Dr Singh mentioned the initiative to have a DoNER camp secretariat office by rotation in each of the eight states of the North East. This will also help in sending out a positive message that the people of the North-east do not have to travel to Delhi each time for redressal of their grievances but it is New Delhi, which will reach out to them in their state, Dr Singh said.

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