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PM chairs meeting with CMs from North-Eastern States

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New Delhi, July 15, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today emphasized and reiterated the resolve of his government to ensure rapid and sustainable development of the North-Eastern region.
Chairing a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern States here, he briefed them, through a NITI Aayog presentation, on the initiatives taken by his government in the infrastructure area in the region.
The meeting was attended among others by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya, the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura and the Finance Minister of Mizoram. 
According to an official press release, there has been a significant ramp-up in infrastructure investments by the Government of India in the North East since Mr Modi took over as Prime Minister in May last year.
Under SARDPNE (Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North-East), Rs 35000 crore is proposed to be invested to develop the Trans-Arunachal Highway and for connecting all district headquarters by a two-lane highway (about 6400 km). New rail network is being created in addition to strengthening the existing network at a cost of Rs 57000 crore. 
Similarly, investments are being taken up by the Telecom, Power, Civil Aviation and Shipping ministries in order to improve the connectivity – air, road, rail and internet – of the region, internally as well as externally under the Act East policy of the Union Government, it said.
The release said the meeting agreed that the Empowered Committees (led by the State Chief Secretaries) constituted pursuant to the decision of the NITI Governing Council need to be even more proactive in monitoring the implementation of these infrastructure projects and remove bottlenecks in order that time and cost overruns can be avoided.  
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