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Info campaign on Northeast

- DoNER to open support centre in New Delhi

New Delhi, Feb. 7: The DoNER ministry, ministry of information and broadcasting and Delhi police will jointly launch a special campaign to sensitise people about the Northeast and to ensure better assimilation and integration of people from the region.

Well-known personalities and film actors will be involved as ambassadors to send this message through various forums. The steps are part of a slew of measures the Centre is taking after the death of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania here last week and continuing protests thereafter.

“What we need to do is to put across the message that young people from the Northeast are as Indian as the others,” DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Telegraph.

Tania’s lynching is one of the many cases in the metros where young northeasterners become the butt of jokes, are victims of sexual assault and face discrimination because of their physical features.

The DoNER secretary will write to the Union home secretary to facilitate sensitisation of policemen in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, while a “support centre” will be set up immediately.

Delhi police will also invite applications from candidates from the Northeast during recruitment. Currently there are only around 40 Delhi policemen from the Northeast in a force of almost 90,000.

People from the Northeast will be sensitised about their rights through platforms such as Church fellowship groups, student unions and resident commissioners’ offices of the eight states, including Sikkim.

Delhi joint commissioner of police Robin Hibu will also address seminars on safety issues. The support centre will be set up at the North Eastern Council guesthouse here at Chanakyapuri, with professional counsellors hired on contract.

DoNER ministry will also contact NGOs to be available in round-the-clock in shifts.

A list of the selected representatives from each state as provided by Delhi police with their emails and mobile numbers will be widely publicised for contact in any emergency. A helpline, designated by Delhi police, will also be used in all social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

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