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SEZ status to entire N-E soon: PM

Posted by egovindia on June 22, 2006

SEZ status to entire N-E soon: PM
DH News Service, New Delhi:
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has assured the

apex students’ body of the North-East that the entire

region would be declared as a special economic zone (SEZ)

in the near future

  http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/jun232006/

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Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has assured the apex students’ body of the

North-East that the entire region would be declared as a special economic zone (SEZ)

in the near future keeping in mind the wealth of natural resources there and

the potential of developing them for the South-East Asian market

as part of the Look East Policy.

Dr Singh gave the assurance to a delegation of the North-East Students’ Organisation (NESO), the apex body of the most influential non-political students bodies of all the seven North-Eastern states, when it presented to him a memorandum highlighting the problems of the region and demanding action to resolve them.

The assurance came even as the NESO delegation, led by its chairman Samujjal Bhattacharjya and general secretary N S N Lotha, charged the UPA government with dilly-dallying with the peace process in states like Nagaland and Assam, and demanded that it take steps to bring all insurgent groups in the region to the negotiating table urgently.

 The delegation, which on Wednesday called on Leader of the Opposition L K Advani and Home Minister Shivraj Patil, told reporters that during their meeting with the Prime Minister on June 17, it was assured that he would “go through” its another demand for

“special Constitutional status” to the region with right on land and natural resources given to the states.

“This is our main demand, as the region is rich in natural resources, but its people are poor.

Only a special Constitutional status can change the situation,” Mr Bhattacharjya said.

The delegation was also assured by Mr Patil that the government was working on a special economic package for the region, which would be announced after the Union Cabinet considered and cleared it.

The delegation also demanded a Special Education Commission to take care of the higher education needs of the North-East, repeal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act,

a National Commission for N-E Unemployed Youth to create jobs for the youth in the region, improvement of cellular services, and

a Common Boundary Commission to settle the border disputes among the states of the region.

“Over the years the government has resorted to psychological warfare to divide the people of the North-East, and there is a serious sense of alienation which is increasing day by day.

We are worried about it and appeal to the government to take steps to not only stop it but also curb the activities of around 14 Islamic jehadi groups active in the region,” Mr Lotha said.

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