North Eastern Council
- It is a statutory, advisory body established in 1972 via the North Eastern Council Act, 1971.
- The Council operates under the administrative control of the Union Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region.
- It is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region.
- North Eastern Region consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
- The Headquarters of the Council is located at Shillong, Meghalaya.
It was established with the following three key objectives:
- Balanced development of the North Eastern Region
- Effecting better inter-state coordination
- Maintaining security and public order in the region
The Council consists of the following members:
- The Governors of the eight north eastern states
- The Chief Ministers of the eight north eastern states
- Three members are to be nominated by the President of India to the Council
- The President of India may, if deemed necessary, nominate a Union Minister to be a member of the Council
- The President of India nominates the Chairman of the Council
- The President of India may, if deemed necessary, nominate another member of the Council to act as Vice Chairman of the Council
Functions of the Council
- It functions as the Regional Planning Body for the North East.
- It formulates specific projects and schemes, which will benefit two or more States.
- It played the main role in the preparation of North Eastern Region Vision 2020.
- It helps in formulation of an integrated plan for the development of the North Eastern Region.