Source: News Bharati English26 Nov 2016 14:40:04

New Delhi, Nov 26: The government intends to develop northeast as “organic capital” of India, said Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh here on Saturday.

This will generate revenue through agriculture and trade besides offering job avenues and encourage entrepreneurship opportunities for young ‘start-ups’, the Minister added.

Presiding over the 5th meeting of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of DoNER, which was attended among others by the Members of Parliament from Northeast, Dr Singh said that a number of path-breaking initiatives have been undertaken in the recent one year or so, 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, Dr Jitendra Singh said that another achievement of pride has been the setting up of “Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis” at “Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management”, Shillong from 15th October this year.

In addition to providing strategic policy support for the 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 the 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”.

A big boost has been given to up-gradation of the healthcare facility in the region, said Dr.Jitendra Singh. He further disclosed that from this academic session, one seat each for cancer super-specialization in DM (Oncology) and MCh (Oncology) has been introduced in Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, while from February this year, DoNER Ministry has begun sponsoring short-term cancer medicine and cancer surgery training from doctors from all the eight States of the region in country’s reputed Cancer Institutes.

The Members of Parliament present in the meeting furnished a number of specific suggestions in relation to the regional connectivity policy, bamboo promotion, up-gradation of North Eastern Council etc.

Among those present, at the meeting were Members of Parliament C. L. Ruala, Neiphiu Rio, Vincent H. Pala and Naba Kumar Sarania and senior officials from Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council.