The North Eastern Council (NEC) is expecting around 10,000 people to gather in Polo to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
The NEC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on that day, with an official meeting at the State Convention Centre followed by the larger public meeting at Polo Ground.
The NEC was formally inaugurated on November 7, 1972 in Shillong but its golden jubilee milestone was postponed to this month.
Also expected will be all members of the NEC, consisting of the Union Home Minister, DoNER Ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers of the North East states, central ministers belonging to the region, local MPs and MLAs and nominated members of the NEC. Besides, the state Chief Secretaries, selected Secretaries of central ministries, senior officers from the North East states and heads of the iconic institutions set up with support from the NEC have also been invited.
For the public meeting, besides the local population, prominent citizens, achievers, representatives of self-help groups, farmers’ groups from all the eight regional states will also be in attendance.
During the day, the PM will inaugurate some important projects, including the new campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, dedicate 4G towers of Meghalaya, inaugurate NEC projects and Meghalaya state projects and lay foundation stones for others.
‘Golden Footprints’, a commemorative volume chronicling NEC’s contribution towards the development of the North Eastern region over the last 50 years will also be released during the event. The contents of this book have been gleaned from the archives of the council and from the official records of the eight member states besides capturing in colour the iconic infrastructure and development works supported by the NEC in the recent past.
The jubilee is expected to provide a new platform for the NEC to deliver even better in the days to come and to spearhead more development initiatives.