Govt plans transit camp for NE people in metros

Govt plans transit camp for NE people in metros

DoNER told to prepare proposal for separate budget

Govt plans transit camp for NE people in metros

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday said that the Centre is examining transit camp accommodation for people from North-Eastern states in big metros.

At a meeting to review the implementation of Bezbaruah committee recommendations, Rijiju directed R Vijaykumar, Secretary of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry to initiate a proposal for provision of separate budget allocation for this purpose.

Officials briefed the meeting that the setting up of exclusive hostels for North-Eastern students has been fast-tracked in Jawaharlal Nehru University and Ramanujan College in Delhi and that other Delhi University colleges including Hindu, Khalsa and Dayal Singh College have already identified land for such hostels.

He was also impressed with the progress made by NCERT in reviewing CBSE textbooks for Classes 6 to 12th to include chapters on the North-East geography, history and cultural diversity.

He also asked HRD officials to explore and suggest similar revision in textbooks to various state governments for their inclusion in the state boards’ curriculum.

However, Rijiju was concerned that recruitment of North-East people in Delhi Police had not really taken off. “Delhi Police officers explained that the rigorous physical and educational qualifications have become a hurdle and a review is underway to relax the criteria for NER-origin people,” a senior official said.

The meeting was also informed that about Rs 100 crore have already been allocated for upgradation of sports facilities in Imphal while another Rs 25 crore will be provided by March.

“The draft Bill for setting up a National Sports University is ready while the Manipur State government has already acquired bulk of land at Thoubal district and the university is likely to start admissions for 2015-16,” the official said.

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