By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: A delegation led by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Monday to discuss on development projects, especially in the light of the ravaging floods.
The delegation requested for sanctioning development projects in Eastern Nagaland as a follow-up to an earlier request that had also been made to the Prime Minister on August 7.
Rio apprised Singh of the damages caused due to natural calamities and urged for central assistance under NDRF and interim aid to mitigate the ongoing relief and restoration works. Besides this, the delegation also requested for modernisation and upgradation of Village Guards in Nagaland. Rio further requested Rajnath Singh for sanctioning another helicopter to increase flying hours for Nagaland particularly for far flung areas of the state.
Rio highlighted the various projects under the restructured North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme and urged Singh, who is also chairman of the North Eastern Council, for sanction of the proposed projects.
Singh assured to look into the issues and also discuss the matter with DoNER Minister to accelerate the sanctioning of the proposed projects.
Rio was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, and a delegation of the Eastern Nagaland Legislators’ Union (ENLU) comprising of Minister H&FW S. Pangnyu Phom, Minister, Transport, Civil Aviation and Railways, P Paiwang Konyak, Minister Soil & Water Conservation Kashiho Sangtam, Advisor SCERT Toshi Wungtong, Advisor DUDA Bongkhao Konyak including MLAs EE Pangteang and CL John.