DoNER announces 207 cr for protection of Majuli island

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh on Tuesday announced Rs 207 crore for the protection and development of the world heritage island Majuli, located in Assam, said an official statement.

According to the Ministry, the step is a serious effort by DoNER for the upliftment of the world famous scenic island which was recently also declared a separate district.

“The amount earmarked by the DoNER ministry will be spent primarily for safeguarding the land loss due to erosion and to protect the 80 km length of the bank line on the right bank of river Brahmaputra along world famous Majuli island,” said a Ministry statement quoting Singh.

Singh was holding a meeting with the members of the North East Council (NEC) — body for efficient channelising of funds for the socio economic development of the North East region under the Act East Policy.

DoNER Secretary Naveen Verma, Secretary NEC Ram Muivah, and senior officers were also present in the meeting.