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NE CMs supporting NDA should pull out: Cong

Decisions on NEC

SHILLONG: The Congress has asked the non-Congress chief ministers in the North East, who are supporting the BJP-led NDA government, to pull out for its anti-people stand in reducing the NEC budget and stopping schemes.
P T Sawkmie, the opposition chief whip, said on Wednesday that it is a matter of concern that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister do not have any commitment towards the people of the region.
He pointed out that the Centre has done away with the Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR), which can be termed as “anti-people stand”.
“When Congress-led UPA was in power, there were no complaints regarding the schemes meant for the North East under NEC and DoNER,” Sawkmie said.
During the just concluded NEC meeting, the chief ministers of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram had expressed displeasure over certain decisions of the Centre bypassing the NEC plenary. The chief minister and the governor of Nagaland also wanted review of the decisions.
The chief ministers were against stopping of projects sanctioned in 2017-2018. Besides, they were unhappy with the less budget allocation under NEC for the eight northeastern states.
“In this context, the North East chief ministers who are supporting the NDA should immediately withdraw support to the government,” Sawkmie added.

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