New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) To identify and address the issues affecting economic growth in the Northeast, the Centre has set up a new forum with representatives from key central ministries and the state governments of the region. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Centre Plans to Reward Honest Govt Employees With Promotion, Salary Hike | Check Details Here

The ‘NITI Forum for Northeast’ has been set up and is tasked to identify various constraints on the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the Northeast, an official statement said here today. Also Read - Manipur Foundation Day 2021: Best 5 Places to visit in Manipur During Winter - Imphal, Thoubal, Ukhrul, Senapati, Bishnupur

The forum, to be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and Minister for the Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, will recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints. Also Read - Foundation Day 2021 Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya: Know Date, Significance and History of this Day

The forum will review the development status in the Northeast and may examine and address any other issue which is of importance but not specifically spelt out in its terms of reference, the statement said.

The body may devise its own procedure to conduct its business, meetings, fields visits or constitution of sub-groups, it said.

The forum will have its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER and its members will include secretaries of ministries of road transport & highways, railways, power, water resources, river development & Ganga rejuvenation, new & renewable energy, health & family welfare, human resource development, environment, forest & climate change.

Chief Secretaries of Northeastern states of Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram will also be members of the forum.

Secretary, North East Council (NEC), Shillong will be Member Secretary. The Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the ministry of home affairs, besides a number of experts from various fields will also be members of the forum.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.