The Economic Times: August, 2010
Guwahati: Regional planning body, North Eastern Council (NEC), will establish a para-medical institution for paramedical education in Nagaland.
NEC has approached Hospital Services Consultancy Corp Ltd under the Union ministry of health & family welfare to do a gap analysis of three aspects, including manpower, referral services and health infrastructure in the North East.
The para-medical institution will be set up in public private partnership (PPP) mode. This was decided in an NEC review meeting chaired by Bijoy Krishna Handique, minister of mines and DoNER in Delhi recently.
The institution will be established in the Regional Referral Hospital Campus in Nagaland where adequate land is available. The MoU between NEC and Nagaland will be formally inked next month.
Handique emphasised on the issue of a study on health infrastructure gaps in the North Eastern Region.
The study will not cover the primary health sector but restrict itself to secondary and referral services. It was also decided in the meeting that NEC would conduct the study on the operationalisation of assets in the health sector in Nagaland and Tripura.
Upgradation of the nursing college in Regional College of Nursing, Imphal was also discussed.
Handique also reviewed the status of the studies / action plans in various sectors of Vision 2020 for the North Eastern Region. The action plans for the Inland Waterways and Telecommunications sectors are ready for implementation.
The action plans for other sectors like Railways, tourism, civil aviation, Border Trade and Power Transmission are also in the pipeline. NEC has commissioned a masterplan on circuit-based tourism in the Northeast by TCS. This study has been supported by the tourism ministry.
NEC is also funding a study commissioned by the Director General of Civil Aviation for a comprehensive study and roadmap for civil aviation in Northeast. A study on the Border Trade by Research and Information System for Developing Countries has also been commissioned by NEC.
In the power sector, NEC and PowerGrid Corp have jointly funded the preparation of DPRs for strengthening transmission, sub-transmission and distribution systems in Northeast India.