GUWAHATI, July 7: The Centre has started an exercise to redefine the role of 48-years old North Eastern Council (NEC) with conflict resolution set to become the new area of focus of the Council.
The new role of the NEC in resolution of conflicts will be discussed in details during the ensuing 67th plenary session of the council scheduled to be held in Shillong on July 9 & 10.
Conflict resolution is an exercise to find and experiment various intellectual, physical and other logistical ways to find solutions of conflicts that might arise among different communities, groups, States and other organizations. Finding solutions to insurgency and militancy problems can be part of conflict resolution exercise.
The ensuing NEC’s plenary session will be chaired by the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and Governors and Chief Ministers of eight NE States including Sikkim will attend the two-day long session.
The NEC, set up in early 1970, has been primarily functioning as a statutory planning body for the north-eastern States, including Sikkim. As part of its initiative to redefine the role of NEC, the Centre has entrusted the Council with conflict resolution as one of its new functions.
The exercise of redefining the NEC’s role started close on the heels of the Union Cabinet’s approval of the DoNER ministry’s proposal to nominate the Union Home Minister as the ex-officio chairman of the NEC and the DoNER Minister as the vice-chairman of the Council. Governors and chief ministers of all the eight north-eastern States will be the members of the Council.
According to the present BJP regime at the Centre, the NEC must play a role in resolution of conflicts in the NE region which has been devastated by the decades- long insurgency. Conflict resolution in the NE which has diverse cultures, ethnicities and languages, holds the key for lasting peace in the region, a former NEC member said.
During the 67th plenary session of the NEC on Monday & Tuesday , the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will give a presentation on road connectivity in the region, the Agriculture ministry on doubling farmers’ income by 2020, the Health and Family Welfare ministry on the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the Women and Child Development ministry on Poshan Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) and the DoNER ministry on the proposed North Eastern Water Management Agency.