Amit Shah will meet with the governors, CM of the northeast state, from August 3 to 4

NEW DELHI: Minister of the Interior of the Union Amit Shah The governors and the principal ministers of the eight northeastern states will meet for two days next month to review and discuss with them the security situation and development problems, officials said Thursday.

Shah will meet with the main ministers and governors of the region in a plenary session of the Northeast Council (NEC) in Guwahati on August 3 and 4.

It will review the progress of several development issues at the NEC meeting, said a government official. Shah is expected to have a separate meeting to take stock of the security situation in the northeast region.

The governors and the principal ministers of the eight northeastern states are members of the NEC, the main advisory body to ensure a balanced and coordinated development, and to facilitate effective coordination among them.

The NEC was restructured in July 2018 with the nomination of the minister of origin as president of NEC and the minister of development of the northeast region (DoNER) as vice president.

The NEC was established by the Northeast Council Act of 1971, initially as a apex-level advisory body to ensure a balanced and coordinated development and facilitate effective coordination between the seven states of the Northeast region: Assam ,,, and Tripura.

Subsequent to the amendment of the NEC Law in December 2002, Sikkim was added as the eighth member state, and the NEC was mandated to function as a statutory regional planning body for the region.

Since its inception, the NEC has focused on improving connectivity in the region, which has been an important bottleneck for all development activities. In its endeavor, the council has greatly contributed to improving interstate connectivity in the region.

A total of 10,911 km of roads have been built with funds from the NEC and have been delivered to the states for maintenance.

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