North Eastern Council Current Affairs - 2020

Five of the North Eastern States become COVID-19 free

On April 27, 2020, five of the eight north east states namely Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh have become COVID-19 free. The other three states namely Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram have not reported new cases. This was announced by the Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.

Highlights

The announcement was made during the union minister’s interaction with the officials of the North Eastern Council, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation and Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre.

Also, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare had announced that mortality rate in India due to COVID-19 has decreased

Mortality Rate

The mortality rate due to COVID-19 in India was 3.1% as compared to 7% at global level. Till date, 22% of the COVID-19 infected persons have recovered. This includes 5,913 people all over the country.

Funds

The Government of India has allocated Rs 25 crores for the North Eastern States in its initial stage. The allocation was done well before lock down begun in the country.

North Eastern Council

The North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by the act called North Eastern Council Act. The Council was formed as an advisory body to balance the development in the North Eastern areas. The council also provides suggestions on socio-economic development of the region.

Home minister inaugurates North East Handloom and Handicraft exhibition

During his maiden visit to Mizoram, Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition, 2019.

The exhibition is funded by the North Eastern Council. It has participants from the other North Eastern States as well. The Home Minister highlighted on recent developing projects like National Bamboo Mission, rail links between Vairabi and Aizwal, Rs 40 crore hopital projects, Broad Gauge rail projects, the land border agreement with Myanmar. He also announced that the centre is planning to allocate Rs 300 crore more funds to 50 more North East Council projects

National Bamboo Mission

The mission was launched in April 2018. IT aims to increase area under bamboo cultivation and also adopting region based strategies to promote bamboo products.

In India Bamboo covers 13.96 million hectares. The mission has special cover the North Eastern States. They encourage Bamboo cultivation to make sure the grass is available in the manufacturing process of Bamboo handicrafts. Apart from North Eastern Regions, the mission is also spread across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh.

Broad Gauge rail projects

In March 2019, the Railway Minister announced that the North Eastern Capitals would be connected by broad Gauge. The target for completion of the project is set as 2020.

North East Council

The Council is the nodal agency for economic and social development of the North Eastern Region. It was established in 1971 under the North East Council Act 1971. According to the act, the council coordinated development facilitating cooperation with the states. The act was amended in 2002 to function as a regional planning body. In June 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the nomination of Union Home Minister as the ex – offico Chairman of the North Eastern Council. The Governors and the Chief Ministers of all the 8 states are members of the council.