Rijiju holds talks with Naidu on NE development; plan to review progress every quarter

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New Delhi, February 19: Taking into consideration the development of the North Eastern region, Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu said that he will review progress of schemes pertaining to his ministries in the North-Eastern states.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju met Naidu on Wednesday for discussion on speedy and effective implementation of various central government initiatives in the region.
Discussing various schemes for the North East people, the two ministers decided on close monitoring of the implementation of various schemes to enable speedy development of North-Eastern states in the context of Prime Minister’s special focus on the region.
They also discussed the prospective benefits to the region under various new initiatives like building of Smart Cities, New Mission for 500 cities and towns, Housing for All, Skill Development of Urban Poor etc.
Rijuju requested Naidu to look after the interests of all North-Eastern states under Smart Cities and other programmes. He also discussed funding of projects in Arunachal Pradesh including development of road networks in the towns of Changlang, Miao, Jairampur, Basar and Wokha, Solid Waste Management Project in Ziro etc.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr.Mukul Sangma discussed with Naidu the issues relating to funding of Storm Water Drainage Master Plan for Shilling, Augmentation of Water Supply in Shillong, Williamnagar Town and Resubelpara besides development of Tura, the second largest town of the state.
Sangma requested him for a special dispensation under housing scheme for Meghalaya keeping in view the tribal ethos and culture, land ownership and land tenure system and topography.
Naidu assured the Chief Minister that these concerns would be addressed to a large context under the new Housing for All scheme to be launched soon.

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