Nagaland Deputy CM calls on DoNER Minister; discusses developmental issues

New Delhi, September 16 (MExN): Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton on September 15 called on the Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh in New Delhi and discussed wide range of issues related to development projects and proposals submitted by the State Government.

During the meeting, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Singh pointed out that as a special consideration and priority, the Centre has sanctioned for the State of Nagaland, a second Government Medical College within a span of three years. 

He said, it is an irony that for over 70 years after independence, Nagaland was possibly the only State in the country which did not have a single Medical College of its own, a DoNER Ministry release stated. 

Dr Singh noted that for a small State with a population of just about 20 Lakh, two centrally funded Medical Colleges are an indication of the priority that the Central government accords to the North Eastern Region.

Deputy CM also took up with the DoNER Minister the State projects to be executed under NERDS (North East Region Development Scheme) and expressed keenness to expedite the road project of Chendang Saddle to Noklak, it said. 

 Dr Singh observed that all the schemes sanctioned by DoNER and the North Eastern Council are based on the priority cited by the respective State governments, it added. 

The DoNER Minister however noted that there has been inevitable delays in projects due to unfortunate COVID conditions, and added that the DoNER Ministry had been forthcoming in providing financial assistance to the North Eastern State governments in the very beginning of the COVID pandemic. 

Even now, the Ministry is processing proposals from several States for funding of Infectious Disease Hospitals and healthcare for the future, he informed.