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Road to 'new India' will go through 'new north-east': Rajnath Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

today said the road to "new India" will go through a developed and peaceful "new north-east".

The dream of a "new India" would be realised with the vision of a "new north-east", he said, addressing the concluding meeting of the 67th plenary session of the (NEC), a regional planning body.

The two-day NEC plenary session in Meghalaya's capital Shillong was attended by Union (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, besides the governors and chief ministers of the eight north-eastern states as members.

Singh said a "new north-east" would emerge through better road connectivity and information technology, which would help realise the economic potential of the region.

Stating that had a dream of a new by 2022, he said the north-east needed better road connectivity and the region had recently made some progress in this area.

"If we can provide quality services in the region, the youth will find employment opportunities closer home," he added.

The also said this would stop the migration of people from the region to distant places.

Stressing that the ITIs and polytechnic institutes in the region should contribute to skill development, Singh said the NEC should consider setting up a

Underlining the importance of employment and income generation to counter insurgency in the region, he said, "The north-eastern states need to create a conducive environment for private investments, an atmosphere that makes the investors feel safe. It will give a big boost to investments."

Singh also stressed on accelerating agricultural growth in order to achieve Modi's dream of doubling the farmers' income by 2022.

"We should focus on growing low-volume, high-value crops for export. The can help export the perishable commodities and horticulture produce like kiwis and flowers using superfast AC wagons," he said.

Suggesting the revival of the (NERAMAC) for the marketing of agricultural produce, Singh said the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) and the could help in this regard.

Promising the Centre's support to the north-eastern states in improving the police infrastructure, he said the states should capitalise on the prevailing peaceful scenario to improve the and strengthen policing in the region.

Singh added that each of the north-eastern states was blessed with unique development potential and the state governments should identify those areas, chalk out a plan and ensure its effective implementation.

Underlining the need to implement schemes in a time-bound manner, minister said, "We need to prevent leakages in the system and ensure total transparency and accountability. I urge the chief ministers of all the north-eastern states to work towards this end with a missionary zeal.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 18:50 IST