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Zeliang, Patton call on union ministers

Published on 10 Nov. 2016 12:28 AM IST
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State chief minister T.R. Zeliang on Wednesday called on Union minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and explained in detail on the practical difficulties faced by small states to contribute 50% of funds for starting up activities to make Kohima a smart city, selected by the centre. 
CMO media cell in a press statement said that Zeliang was accompanied by home minister Y. Patton, Rajya Sabha MP KG Kenye and parliamentary secretary for municipal affairs department Tohanba. Chief minister while thanking Naidu for selecting Kohima as smart city, explained on the difficulties faced by smaller states like Nagaland to contribute the fund requirement. “Inspite of all the shortcomings that Kohima scored in going through the selection procedure, we are happy and grateful that Kohima has been selected in the third list to be included as one of the Smart Cities by the Government of India and we shall do whatever is in our capacity to rectify the shortcomings,” Zeliang told the Union Minister. Naidu appreciated the problems elaborated by Zeliang and asked the chief minister to ask the chief ministers of the Northeast region to collectively write to the Prime Minister to continue with the 90:10 funding pattern as was done in the past. There should be a “special dispensation” for the North East, Naidu Minister said and expressed optimism that the region would progress under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi and North East Democratic Alliance. Meanwhile, PRO Nagaland House Kuolie Mere in an another press statement said that  Y. Patton called on Union Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir at New Delhi and congratulated him on his new assignment. Patton discussed with him all the pending projects relating to modernization of police forces and improvement of the existing police infrastructure facilities in the State. PRO said that the union minister has assured his full cooperation. Further PRO said that the union minister has accepted the invitation to inaugurate 13 IRB at Yachang and to witness the up-coming Hornbill Festival.

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