Government sets up the NITI Forum for Northeast
The Union Ministry for Development of North-East Region (DoNER) is setting up the ‘NITI Forum for North-East’ to identify constraints and recommend suitable interventions for speedy and sustainable growth in North East Region (NER). The forum will be co-chaired by Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER). It will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER.
NITI Forum for Northeast
The forum is tasked to identify various constraints on way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in NER. It will recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints. It will also review development status in NER.
It may also examine and address any other issues which are of importance but not specifically spelt out in its Terms of Reference. It may devise its own procedure to conduct its business, meetings, field visits or constitution of Sub-Groups etc.
Members of the Forum
It will include Secretaries of Ministries of Road Transport & Highways, Power, Railways, Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Health & Family Welfare, New & Renewable Energy, Human Resource Development, Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Chief Secretaries of 8 Northeastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim will also be members of the Forum. Secretary, North East Council (NEC), Shillong will be Member Secretary. Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), besides a number of experts from various fields will also be members of Forum.