GoI moots enhancement of connectivity to NE states

NEW DELHI, JUL 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/8/2018 12:24:43 AM IST
With an aim for an overall development of the landlocked Northeast, Government of India (GoI) has chalked out strategy to bolster the logistic movements in and across the region.
Niti Aayog has drawn a master plan to enhance the movement of logistics in and across the Northeast region which also holds the key for trading with our eastern neighbors.
Disclosing this to Northeast Now, Anil Srivastava, Adviser (transport), Niti Aayog said that the Centre has taken up multiple initiatives for increasing connectivity of the Northeast regions. Multiple infrastructure projects for developing roads and railways into the Northeast region are currently in place.
“Special schemes and concepts such as HIRA (Highways, Inland Waterways, Railways and Airways) by NITI Aayog and DoNER and UDAN under MoCA are novel initiatives taken up by the government.  Our policies are inclusive and take into consideration the importance of providing seamless connectivity to the Northeastern states. We also plan to enhance the movement of logistics in and across the Northeast region which also holds the key for trading with our eastern neighbors,” Srivastava said.
Srivstava said that Niti Aayog has also moots the idea of intelligent system.
ITS is a revolutionary concept that has been doing rounds recently. It looks at solving multiple aspects of mobility plaguing our current transportation systems. It aims at modernizing the way people, goods move and the infrastructure built around it.
“Use of innovative measures and providing quick, efficient and data backed solutions for issues like payment systems, reducing congestion, vehicle safety & control, emergency responses, parking management etc. ITS serves as an important component of urban planning and specifically, the Smart Cities mission. We wish to establish a state of art mobility paradigm in the country,” the Niti Adviser said.
The adviser also talked about the employability issue.
“India is among the fastest growing economy in the world and Indians are proving their mettle in all fields. Employment opportunities are being generated in all sectors and we at NITI Aayog are focusing on improving the employment elasticity of the country,” he said.
India has the biggest workforce in the world of which majority are youth. This can contribute to development of the country in a dynamic and resounding fashion. Recent studies have indicated how formalization of jobs is also happening in the country.
 “One of the key focuses for EV policy of India is also the employment generation aspect. We are looking at creating jobs not only in manufacturing but also through entrepreneurship. We are promoting technological innovations and research and therefore, EV ecosystem is guaranteed to create millions of jobs in India directly and indirectly,” he said.

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