Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Meghalaya to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of the North Eastern Council (NEC) on December 18, officials said.
North Eastern Council (NEC) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1971. It was formally inaugurated on 7th November 1972 at Shillong and completed 50 years in November 2022.
During the 70th Plenary meeting at Guwahati in October 2022 which was held under the chairmanship of the Union Home Minister and Chairman NEC, Amit Shah it was decided that this important milestone of the NEC would be celebrated in a befitting manner.
Accordingly, the Golden Jubilee celebration of the NEC is being held in Shillong where an official meeting of the NEC, as well as a public meeting, has been planned. The internal meeting will be held at the State Convention Centre Auditorium while the public meeting will be at the Polo Grounds, Shillong.
In a statement, NEC stated both events will be graced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with all Members of the NEC, consisting of the union Home minister, DoNER Ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers of the NE states, Central Ministers belonging to the NE Region, local MPs and MLAs and nominated Members of the NEC in attendance. Besides, the state Chief Secretaries, selected Secretaries of Central Ministries, senior officers from the NE states and Heads of the iconic Institutions set up with support from the NEC have also been invited. For the public meeting, besides the local population, prominent citizens, achievers, representatives of Self Help Groups, Farmers’ Groups from all the eight NE states will also be in attendance. Presence of approximately 10,000 people is expected at the public meeting.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate some important projects of the Region including Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong, dedicate 4G towers of Meghalaya, inaugurate NEC projects and Meghalaya state projects and lay foundation stones for some projects.
However, the Jubilee is expected to provide a new platform for the NEC to deliver even better in the days to come, and to spearhead more development initiatives as has been done effectively in the last five decades across the 8 NE states.