Guwahati: The states of the North East region should jointly increase pressure on the Government of India for overall infrastructure development of the region, said Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
He also said the Department for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) is so far to deliver to the desired extent.
Sarkar articulated the view that although the states of the region are demanding development infrastructure independently, there is need for mounting pressure jointly.
He said that the region has plenty of natural and human resources. The Government of India would have to step up development activities in the region.
Sarkar pointed out that the Central Government formed the North Eastern Council (NEC) as the regional planning body, the Council has not been offered the funds required for overall development of the region.
He also pointed out that considering the extent and gravity of the backwardness of the region, there is need for pumping in huge amounts of funds, but that has not been done.
The Forum submitted a charter of demands to the Centre prominence the precedence areas, but the Centre failed to act and the Forum is now almost missing. He articulated the view that there is nothing wrong in stimulating the Forum to put pressure on the Centre jointly for the overall development of the region and being the biggest State, Assam should take the lead in this regard.