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    'Fund implementation in NE not satisfactory'

    Shillong: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has observed that Central funds for the development of northeast region have not been 'satisfactorily' implemented.

    "While funds are being sanctioned, the implementation is not satisfactory as we would expect it to be," the committee's chairman and Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury said here on Saturday night.

    The committee, comprising 11 MPs headed by Yechury, held review meetings here and will later come up with recommendations to enhance the connectivity and tourism scenario of the region.

    "The visit is a study to know as to how to develop the tourism scenario in the region and examine and tap the potentialities of the region. The tourism sector is not growing as it should be," Yechury said.

    On the poor implementation of funds in NE, Yechury said, "There are some concrete problems. Firstly, you have a six-month working season in the region due to bad weather, while the rest of India has 12 months. Then there are problems of connectivity".

    He said the richness of diversity of the region is integral for the evolution of the country. The committee, which held meetings with various agencies like NHAI, ASI, BRO, Pavan Hans, etc, will seek to address issues plaguing the region.

    It will also prepare a report and submit to the Parliament, Yechury said, adding, the Centre has assured that it will be liberal in sanctioning projects proposed by the state governments.

    Yechury suggested that tourism ministers of the region should have better coordination to evolve tourist circuits. "No tourists come to the region to visit one state. We have to have coordination among all the states," he said