Mizoram has set an shining example to other NE states
Aizawl | June 30, 2006 4:44:24 PM IST
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs S Regupathy today appreciated that Mizoram has set an shining example in maintaining 20 years of peace in the region.
Talking on the occasion of ‘Remna Ni’ (Peace Accord day) organised by the Mizoram government at Vanapahal here, the minister lauded the efforts of various political, relegious and NGO leaders for maintaining sustained peace and transquility in the region.
”Maintaining peace for two-days is something remarkable”, he added.
The other NE states, which are affected by the insurgency problem, should take example from the Mizo people not only for sustaining peace but also improving in developmental activities.
Mr Regupathy also mentioned the Centre has already released more than three crores as compentation for various churches and buildings, which were destroyed during the insurgency period.
”It also released more than two crores as compensation for those who lost their lives during various insurgency activities during early 70s,” he said adding ”apart from this, the Centre is also keen in helping the state government for tackling unemployment problems in the region by introducing new schemes.” While talking about the occurance of bamboo flowering in the state, the minster informed that the Centre is also ready to extend all possible assistance through the Bamboo Flowering and Famine Combat Scheme (BAFFACOS).
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Centre is keen on developing NE region : Regupathy
Aizawl | June 30, 2006 4:43:15 PM IST
Union Minister of state for Home Affairs S Regupathy today said the Centre is very keen in its vision plan to develop the North Eastern region within a couple of years.
Talking to UNI at the Raj Bhavan here, the minister said the Centre has already shown interest in calling all insurgent outfits, especially in the NE region to the negotiaing table for a peaceful settlement.
Mr Regupathy, who was here on a two-day visit to the state, said that after visiting Asom, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura it was clear the people in the region are interested in developing their states.
”The on-going Centres’ peace process with ULFA would definetly lay a big platform for all development activities in NE,” he said, adding ”once the major companies start investing in these area, NE would be a major investment zone within a couple of years”.
The minister also mentioned that on an average per year, the NE region gets about Rs 90 crores from Border Area Development programmes.
He said ”About 63 new projects has been implemented in the NE region during 2005 Non Lapsable funds”.
Mr Regupathy also urged both the Centre and the state governments to work out various new plans and schemes for the unemployment problem in the region.
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Tourism Development Fund to dominate NE Tourism Ministers’ Meet
New Delhi | June 30, 2006 4:43:23 PM IST
The proposal to set up a North-East Tourism Development Fund and review of the existing projects and plans relating to tourism and culture will be the focus of the meeting of Tourism and Culture Ministers of all the North-Eastern States, to be held in Guwahati on July 3-4.
The meeting, convened at the initiative of Union Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni, will discuss the status of projects sanctioned by the Centre for the North-Eastern States, issues concerning project formulation and implementation and encouragement to the private sector and local entrepreneurs for development of tourism infrastructure.
The status and working of Hotel Management and Food Craft Institutes in the North-East will also come for deliberations, official sources said.
Some specific issues are also on the agenda for discussion.
These include programme for 2550th Anniversary of Mahaparinivana of Lord Buddha; issues relating to Restricted Area Permit/Protected Area Permit/Inner Line Permit regions in North East States; review of the working of North-East Shilpagram at Dimapur; and progress of the multipurpose cultural complex scheme of the Culture Ministry.
In addition, the ministers will discuss status of the cultural festival of the North-East and initiatives in the library sector, particularly infrastructure development and library strengthening programme of the Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation.
Tourism and Culture Ministers of all the North-Eastern States — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura — will participate in the meeting.
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Deputy secretary comes under audit scanner in Mizoram
Aizawl | June 30, 2006 1:38:27 PM IST
State auditors have alleged the deputy secretary, Information Technology (IT) cell of planning department for misappropriating three crore rupees, allocated for the e-governance programme of Mizoram secretariat.
During inspection, the auditors of the state Accounts and Treasuries (AT) department found irregularities in the selection procedure. They also said that the IT wing deputy secretary had issued certificates to firms illegaly.
The auditors failed to trace out the selection procedure of two firms, M/s Comnet and ORG Informatics limited, who got the contract for installing the e-governance machineries at the secretariat.
Although a tender notice was issued, the concerned department was not able to produce a comparative statement of the tenderers.
The IT wing entered into a contract agreement of Rs 3,75,74,005, with the two firms whereas North Eastern Council (NEC) had sanctioned Rs 380 lakhs for the project.
The report also mentioned that the money was released in three installments of Rs 75 lakhs, Rs 300 lakhs and Rs 5 lakhs. However, the last installment could not be traced.
The auditors have demanded clarification from the deputy secretary regarding the selection of the two firms along with the comparitive statement of the different firms who applied for the tender.
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