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Stress on growth of region at seminar 

The Telegraph , May 16, 2018

Several important recommendations for the development of the Northeast were made on the second and final day of the seminar on physical and social infrastructure for regional development, organised by the ministry of finance in Guwahati.

The two-day seminar was organised in collaboration with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Research and Information System for Developing Countries and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"Instead of connecting different cities and urban centres in the remote and less-developed areas, the ideal approach should be to develop it in the framework of corridors for regional development. The time has come that there should be a dedicated think tank for the northeastern region at the central government level," RIS director general Sachin Chaturvedi said.

He said, "There were several important recommendations discussed in the seminar which are essential for physical and social infrastructure in the Northeast. The first point was low integration because of the land-locked nature of the region. Historically, the Northeast had strong trade links with the countries in Southeast Asia and was a prosperous region. Post-Independence, the links were broken because of the creation of independent nations in the South Asian region. As a result, the NER became land-locked which stalled the pace of development. However, with fresh initiatives there is a greater recognition of opening of the arteries of connectivity both within the Northeast and with countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar."

Emphasis was placed on education, health and skill development. Horticulture, tourism, food processing, use of bamboo and Made in Northeast scheme are to be developed through five mission mode projects in a time-bound manner. Other important takeaways included water and waterways strength in the region, improving economic corridors, digital technology as the future of connectivity, addressing infrastructure deficit according to local demand and needs, encouraging grassroots research and development facilities, strengthening regional value chains and focus on clean and green energy.

Apart from the valedictory session on the concluding day, a session on creating social infrastructure was also held.



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