The Union cabinet has approved the nomination of home minister Rajnath Singh as the ex-officio chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC).

The NEC is an apex regional planning body and comprises governors and chief ministers of all the eight northeastern states as its members.

The cabinet also approved that minister of state for the DoNER ministry would serve as the vice chairman of the council.

The DoNER ministry had earlier proposed the re-positioning of NEC to make it a more effective body for development of northeastern region.

The development comes in the backdrop of the NDA government pushing the economic agenda in these strategically located states, especially with respect to the long-pending infrastructure projects.

The council from now onwards, would, from time to time, review the implementation of the projects and schemes included in the project, recommend effective measures for coordination among the state governments for these projects.

The NEC has been functioning as a regional planning body for the north eastern area and while formulating a regional plan for this area, giving priority to the schemes and projects benefiting two or more states.

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