Centre to check exodus from Northeast: DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh

Guwahati, August 28: Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said that the exodus from the Northeast will be reduced in the coming years due to the fresh initiatives taken by the Centre.

“When the UPA government came to power in 2014, it faced the problem of a huge exodus of students from the Northeastern region to cities like Delhi, Pune and Bengaluru for higher education and employment,” said Singh, while interacting with newsmen at a ‘Meet the Press’ event organised by the Indian Women Press Corps (IWPC) in New Delhi.

He added, “The government cannot offer jobs to everybody but can help in creating jobs. We started working towards it and created a separate department in the Gauhati University. The scholars come to deliver lecture at the Gauhati University like in the US. In Shillong, we started APJ Kalam Chair and Study Centre.”

When asked about the delay over the release of Central funds, Singh said in the last three-four years the government has tried to simplify the process of release of funds.

“We use satellites and see the evidence of the work undertaken and then release the certificates,” Singh added.