STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh announced that exclusive Cargo Flights will carry essentials to Northeast, be it water, food supply, medical equipment or any other essential commodity, in the wake of lockdown resulting from COVID-19 challenge. In a brief for the media, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that these exclusive Cargo Air Flights will be used exclusively for transporting medical equipment and emergency goods, besides other essential items. He thanked the Ministry of Civil Aviation for approving the initiative taken by the airports of the region and said, this will go a long way in reassuring the people of the North Eastern Region that even at this hour of trial, they are receiving as much attention as any other part of the country. Dr Jitendra Singh said, it has been intimated that the contact details and road map for the Cargo operation will be provided soon. The Directors of the airports of the region have been asked to inform about their requirements through Twitter, he said. Dr Jitendra Singh noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always placed the welfare of the North Eastern Region highest on the priority. It was primarily because of his personal outreach that Northeast has undergone revolutionary transformation over the last six years. And, the decision to operate Cargo flights for Northeast is only a reiteration of the fact that the concern for Northeast is close to the Prime Minister’s heart even at this crucial time. Considering the difficult terrain and far-flung topography of the region, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the exclusive service provided for the Northeast will certainly prove to be a boon. Pertinent to mention that only three days back, Dr Jitendra Singh had announced that the Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council have allocated Rs. 25 crore additional fund, over and above the already allocated funds by the DoNER, the NEC as well other Ministries of Government of India. This additional amount is specifically meant to assist in corona related activities and gap-funding, he added.
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