NEW DELHI, Dec 11: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while talking to a delegation of the Northeast at the PMO in the Parliament House yesterday, assured the delegation members for implementing various steps to ensure safety and security of the people hailing from the region. He also met a students delegation representing all the eight States of the NE studying in Delhi.
Minister for Mines and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Bijoy Krishna Handique, Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma, MoS for Water Resources Vincent Pala and other senior Government officials were present in the delegation meet with the PM in context of the recent incidents of violence against students hailing from the Northeast.
Agatha Sangma, after the meeting, told this correspondent that the PM had assured that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of DoNER were constantly monitoring the situation and the Centre was trying to put a fool proof mechanism to ensure security to the people of the NE region in Delhi in place. The resident commissioners of the NE States in Delhi are also taking all necessary steps to instil a sense of confidence in the minds of people and they would closely liaise with the Ministry of Home Affairs and DoNER Ministry in this regard. Agatha further said that the Prime Minister also noted that the DoNER Ministry has set up a cell at the level of Joint Secretary, which included inter alia the resident commissioners of all the NE States to review the action taken by the concerned authorities with reference to the recent incidents. The representatives of the students’ community expressed satisfaction on the steps taken by the DoNER Ministry to tackle the situation.
She also said the Prime Minister took note that there was an urgent need to sensitize the people about this issue and said that steps would be taken to enlighten the general public about the culture and life style of each of the NE States through Doordarshan and Cable channels shortly. Suitable arrangements would be made for cultural exchange programmes at the local level, which would include organizing NE festivals, cultural programmes in colleges etc.
The delegations later urged the PM for augmentation of capacity of hostels for NE students and sought construction of a working women’s hostel in the city. THE SENTINEL