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Cabinet repositions NE Council, Home Minister to be ex-officio Chairman

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) for the nomination of the Union Home Minister as ex-officio Chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC), a statutory body with Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight North Eastern States as its Members. 
 
The Cabinet also approved that Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of DoNER would serve as Vice Chairman of the Council.
 
NEC implements various projects through the State and Central agencies. Under the new arrangement with Home Minister as Chairman and Minister of DoNER as Vice Chairman, NEC and all the Governors and Chief Ministers of North Eastern States as Members, the Council would provide a forum for discussing inter-state matters more comprehensively and also consider common approaches to be taken in future, an official press release said.
 
NEC can now also perform the tasks undertaken by the various Zonal Councils to discuss such inter-State issues as drug trafficking, smuggling of arms and ammunition, boundary disputes, and so on, it said.
 
"This repositioning of NEC will help it to become a more effective body for the North Eastern Region," the release said.
 
The Council shall, from time to time, review the implementation of the projects/schemes included in the project and recommend effective measures for coordination among the state Governments for these projects. The Council shall have such powers as may be delegated to it by the Central Government.
 
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