1st ever historic NITI Forum meet kicks off; Aims to ensure sustainable economic growth for Northeastern region
Source :NewsBharati   Date :10-Apr-2018

Agartala, April 10: The first ever meeting of NITI Forum for North East opened up today in Agartala. The NITI forum was constituted to ensure the sustainable economic growth of the North Eastern Region (NER). The theme for the first meeting focuses on identifying different constraints and streamlining resources for the prosperous North East. 

The ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was constituted in February 2018 with an aim to ensure the sustainable economic growth of the North Eastern Region (NER) of the country and periodically review the development status in NER.

The meeting is being chaired by the Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajeev Kumar and the co-Minister of State, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh. Chief Ministers of the NE States and leading lights from the region will attend the deliberations.

 
 

Emphasizing the need to identify constraints, streamline resources and add renewed focus on the NER, the Vice-Chairman and the Minister spoke about Moving towards a prosperous North East Region, the theme for the first meeting.

Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma tweeted about the meet saying it as the #HistoricNITIForum. 
 

The broad agendas for the First Meeting include among others:

  • Strategies for improving Road, Rail and Air Connectivity in the North East Region
  • Realizing the Hydel Dream – Way Forward for utilizing existing potential for hydro-power in the NER
  • Agriculture and allied sectors
  • NE States to encourage Organic Farming
  • Cultivation of Vegetables, fruits, Spices, medicinal plants
  • Soil Health Card for farmers
  • Minimizing post-harvest losses
  • Increased coverage under Crop Insurance
  • Milk production to be boosted
  • Water Management
  • Early completion of on-going irrigation projects
  • Promotion of Tourism
  • Promotion of Eco-Tourism, Rural Tourism and Adventure Tourism
  • Strengthening of North East Tourism Development Council (NETDC)
  • Organically-themed Home-Stay Tourism (as in Sikkim) may be encouraged in other NE States
  • The NETDC to work closely with the NE States for tourism promotion
  • Identifying and targeting early bird projects in areas of connectivity, agricultural productivity and industrial development to give a fillip to growth in the NER.