New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Minister Amit Shah will be visiting Assam today, his first visit since the citizens' list to identify illegal immigrants in the state was released. Shah will stay there for two days.

This is also Amit Shah's first visit to Assam state after becoming the Home Minister.

During his two-day visit, Shah will have a meeting with the North Eastern Council (NEC) in which he is likely to discuss the situation in the state after the publication of the NRC.

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Shah is also expected to have a separate meeting to take stock of the security situation in the northeastern region, a source said.

The NEC is the apex advisory body for securing balanced and coordinated development, and for facilitating effective coordination among the member states.

The body was restructured in July 2018 with the nomination of the home minister as the NEC chairman and the minister for development of northeastern region (DoNER) as the vice-chairman.

The NEC was established by North Eastern Council Act, 1971, initially as an apex-level advisory body for securing balanced and coordinated development and facilitating effective co-ordination amongst seven states of the northeastern region -- Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

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Subsequent to the amendment of the NEC Act in December 2002, Sikkim was added as the eighth member state, and the NEC was mandated to function as a statutory regional planning body for the region.

Since its inception, the NEC has focused on improving the connectivity of the region which has been a major bottleneck for all developmental activities.

In its endeavour, the council has contributed immensely towards the improvement of inter-state connectivity in the region.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma