NITI Aayog has constituted Himalayan State Regional Council to ensure sustainable development of Indian Himalayan region.

NITI Aayog has constituted Himalayan State Regional Council to ensure sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region.

November 17, 2018.

NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Tuesday, the NITI Forum for North East on Tuesday outlined five development missions for promoting sectors like horticulture, tourism and food processing in the region. He said Other missions will cover bamboo-based handicrafts and medium scale industries with the focus on ‘Make in North-East.’ It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to establish a regional NITI Aayog forum for the northeastern states, adding that a regional forum for Himalayan and Coastal states will be set up soon, said Kumar. He noted, “These regional forums will bring synergy among states and help them solve their problems which cannot be solved by one state.

There is a challenge to bring North East region into the mainstream. To make North East more familiar in the rest of India, one emporium should be set up in all the districts of the country so that people can know about the products of the region and the central government is working to connect it. The concept of “HIRA” is the center of focus of development projects in the region as spelled out by the Prime Minister. The word HIRA stands for Highways, Internet ways, Railways and Airways adding that the emphasis will also be on education, health and skill development in the region, said, Kumar.

NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) and the North Eastern Council (NEC) organized the first meeting of the newly constituted NER forum here was organized by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) and the North Eastern Council (NEC). Kumar and the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for DoNER Jitendra Singh, chaired it.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said development is the solution to all socio-economic problems in the region and through infrastructure and connectivity, many development issues can be solved. He said that the National Games-2022 will be held in Meghalaya, which will coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence.

Delegates of all eight member states — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura — of the NER gave suggestions on moving towards making it a prosperous region. The ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was constituted with an aim to ensure the sustainable economic growth of the North Eastern Region and periodically review the development status in NER in February 2018.

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