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IMPHAL, Sept 22: NITI Aayog vice chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar in his maiden visit to Manipur held a high level meeting with chief minister N Biren Singh here on Friday. Dr Rajiv Kumar assumed charge as the vice chairman of NITI Aayog on September 1.

Cabinet ministers, deputy chairman of the State Planning Board, chief secretary led high ranking officials and heads of different central government institutes attended the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, the vice-chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar emphasised on formulating a better accountability mechanism regarding usage of funds.

He said that NITI Aayog intends to assist the States in bringing development through ideas, co-ordination and contacts sharing.

Observing that the Government needs to create a condition to attract more and more private investments, he stressed the need of better co-ordination between the State Planning Departments and NITI-Aayog to carry forward the proposals.

During the meeting, the state government sought attention and intervention from NITI Aayog for speedy socio-economic development of the State.

Earlier developmental challenges, opportunities and several proposals of the State were presented to the visiting Vice-Chairman through a PowerPoint presentation.

Chief minister Biren Singh speaking at the meeting said the new Government is trying hard to accelerate development in the State in order to match with the progress of other States. He expressed hope that NITI Aayog would extend all possible assistance to the State Government.

With 4% coverage of State population in term of household Water Supply, the NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman agreed to support State Government’s proposal for a major project in this area for external funding.

Other proposals include introduction of ropeway from Ukhrul to Shirui, from Marjing Hill to Langol and Chaoba Ching to Sendra, upgradation of National Highways, construction of flyover and underpasses for Imphal city and surrounding areas, circular railways for connecting district headquarters and development programme in hill areas,adequate maintenance funds  for national highways.

The state government also proposed that the Barauni-Guwahati gas pipeline be extended up to Imphal along the main axis or its spur. Introduction of air ambulance service in the State was a felt need and urgent steps in this regard were requested.

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