DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the Northeast region has emerged as a model for others to follow as far as management of COVID-19 is concerned.

Speaking at a programme aired by All India Radio Guwahati on May 13, the Union minister appreciated the discipline and resolve showed by people of Northeast region in following lockdown and ensuring low rate of COVID-19 infection.

Elaborating on the financials, Singh informed that Rs 500 crore has been earmarked for health infrastructure projects in Northeast under NESIDS and a special package of Rs 25 crore for coronavirus management was provided by DoNER ministry as gap funding to the Northeast states in the early phases of the lockdown to purchase protective gears, PPE kits and masks, which included Rs 5 crore for Assam.

Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had always given top priority to the Northeast, Singh highlighted the financial allocations by the central government to the region and supply of essential items through air cargo and railways to the remote parts of the region since the beginning of lockdown as sincerity shown by the Union government.

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