Atal Bihari Vajpayee led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) – I (1999-2004)’s had taken up many initiatives for development of North eastern region. Creation of DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) ministry was regarded as the major move by Vajpayee government in this regard.
Vajpayee’s realization that NE region needs special attention for development was itself hailed as landmark. The creation of DoNER has facilitates ways for crosscheck whether funds deployed in the region have yielded the desired results.
Since creation of DoNER, NE region has been witnessing series of development in all fronts. Infrastructural development under the aegis of DoNER in the strategic region of Northeast reached a new height. The region is ready for big push in development front in coming years.
DoNER ministry was established in September 2001, which functions as the nodal Department of the Central Government to deal with matters related to the socio-economic development of the eight States of Northeast India, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
It acts as a facilitator between the central ministries and the state governments of the NE region in the economic development including removal of infrastructural bottlenecks, provision of basic minimum services, creating an environment for private investment and to remove impediments to lasting peace and security in the region.