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Students back DoNER

Shillong, May 4: The North East Students Organisation has opposed the recommendation of the Administrative Reforms Commission to abolish the DoNER ministry.

Neso member and Khasi Students Union (KSU) general secretary Hamlet Dohling said it was illogical to abolish the ministry instead of strengthening it.

“It was because of Neso’s initiative that the DoNER ministry was set up a few years back with the aim of accelerating development in the Northeast,” Dohling said.

According to the reforms commission, headed by former Karnataka chief minister Veerappa Moily, DoNER should be done away with and the Union home ministry could take up the task associated with the ministry.

The responsibility of developing the Northeast could be entrusted to the Union home ministry, the reforms panel said.

The commission, in its report, also said the Union home ministry should initiate measures to attract investment to the Northeast.

The Centre should also set up a transport development fund to construct better roads and railways connecting the states of the Northeast, it said.

Earlier, the Northeast MPs’ forum had also opposed the reforms panel’s decision to abolish the DoNER ministry.

They said the DoNER ministry was aiding the region’s development through various programmes and policies.

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