The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh announced that Northeast will be developed as ‘organic capital’ of India. This will not only generate revenue through agriculture and trade, but would also offer job avenues and entrepreneurship opportunities for young ‘Start-Ups’, he said.
Presiding over the 5th meeting of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of DoNER in New Delhi, which was attended among others by the Members of Parliament from Northeast, Singh said that a number of path-breaking initiatives have been undertaken in the recent one years, to address certain issues that had been pending for the last several years. Citing an example, he said that the Northeast Road Sector Development Scheme had been introduced for the upkeep and maintenance of inter-connecting roads between the States which were lying most neglected because each of the two States expected the other State to bear the cost of maintenance, as a result of which these roads had earned the dubious nomenclature of ‘orphan’ roads.
Between the last meeting of the consultative committee and the present one, the Minister said that another achievement of pride has been the setting up of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis at Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong from 15 October this year. In addition to providing strategic policy support for development of handloom, handicraft, horticulture and tourism, the Centre is also the DoNER Ministry’s humble tribute to one of the greatest Indian scientists of our times who had breathed his last during a lecture visit to Shillong.
The airport in Sikkim is expected to become functional next year, said Dr Singh, while the extension of runway at Umroi Airport at Shillong is under way. Among the very recent decisions taken include the revival of ‘Northeast Industrial Policy’ and setting up of ‘Northeast Tourism Development Council’.
Among those present in the meeting were Members of Parliament CL Ruala, Neiphiu Rio, Vincent H. Pala and Naba Kumar Sarania and senior officials from Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council.