NE region will become start up hub of India: DoNER minister

Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI, OCT 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/15/2019 11:25:50 AM IST

Union Minister of State for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh Tuesday asserted that the day was not far when the North East region would become the start up hub of the country.

Dr. Singh, who presided over as chief guest at the curtain raiser event for the North East Expo 2019 in New Delhi on Tuesday, informed how ‘Start up India, Stand up India’ programme has led to young entrepreneurs in the North East starting their ventures by utilising the human and material resources in these states. DoNER minister said that in the last 5 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited North East over 30 times, which he said shows the kind of importance central government attaches with the states of the North East.

He observed that this importance given by the government has bridged the gaps of growth and development in North East as well as broken psychological barriers in the minds of the people. “The government has managed to bring the rest of India closer to the North East,” he added.

Dr. Singh talked about the steps being taken by the government for the development of the North East. He informed how the transport infrastructure, including rail tracks, highways, airports, had increased exponentially in the last 5 years.

He also said that 35% of total bamboo production in India comes from the North East, but it was not utilised due to obsolete laws. Due to visionary leadership of the Prime Minister, bamboo was exempted from the Forest Act and it could be utilized for commercial use and boost handicrafts of the North East. “This government under the leadership of the Prime Minister believes in the conviction to think for the last man rather than going by any other consideration”, the Minister said.

To celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150thbirth anniversary, 100 years of his association with Khadi and 91 years of AIWEFA’s service to women and communities, the campaign ‘Khadi Goes Global’ has been initiated. It brings together all NE states to create a platform with the North East Handloom, Handicrafts and Farm Sector, at the North East Expo, 2019, on Nov 2–3, 2019.

The North East Expo, 2019, will provide a platform for entrepreneurs from the eight northeast states to open up trade and commerce with ASEAN and BIMSTEC nations through Tea Diplomacy and Khadi Diplomacy. It will include panel discussions, back-to-back meetings, art, culture, food stalls, and stalls on northeast handlooms and handicrafts. This event also aims to identify and carry out preservation of the distinctive arts of the different tribes of the North East.

At the expo, AIWEFA will also introduce two awards—The Prime Minister’s Award for Master Weaver and the other for the Master Crafts person for the year 2018–19.

The Regional Commissioners of the eight North East states also attended the curtain raiser event.

The All India Women’s Education Fund Association (AIWEFA) organized the event. 

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