Amit Shah to chair North Eastern Council meet: Telecom connectivity in NE on agenda

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New Delhi, Aug 31 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah will chair the North Eastern Council (NEC) meet in Guwahati on September 8 where he will work on the projects outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi stressed on the region’s development by infrastructure projects and telecom connectivity .

At an e-Governance conference held in Shillong, Meghalaya, earlier this month, the first ever such conference held in the northeast, poor telecom connectivity was highlighted as one of the major drawbacks in implementing e-governance projects and in delivery of citizen services.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, in his speech at the opening of the conference, highlighted telecom connectivity as one of the big challenges for the northeast, in terms of faster implementation of projects.

The deliberations at the 22nd National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) were aimed to give a big push to Modi’s vision of providing a One Government experience, and easing the citizens’ experience by timely implementation of various e- governance projects.

The conference saw the Department of Telecom’s Northeast Circle make a presentation on the ongoing projects in the region. Several of the projects that had not moved, or needed greater supervision and timely implementation were identified for special focus.

The conference was organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), in association with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and the Meghalaya government.

Representatives of 32 business houses, including Wipro, HP and KPMG, that were invited to the conference.

The conference saw 15 state governments make presentations on the successful e-governance initiatives, including improving the public grievance system. The 10-point Shillong Declaration, which included improving e-governance, sharing best practices, having a common software system, is to be implemented by the Central government in consultation with the various stakeholders.

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