NEW DELHI: The Minister for Development of North East Region, (DoNER) Tourism and Culture, G Kishan Reddy on Wednesday presided over an interactive session with senior officials of the Government of India and State Governments of the eight Northeastern States.
The Minster called upon the senior officials to leverage this interactive session to collectively brainstorm on important themes concerning the development of the North East region and accelerate the pace of development.
Addressing the gathering, the Minster called for greater coordination between the Central Government Ministries and State Governments. He assured that the Ministry of Development of North East Region shall focus on its role of a coordinator and ensure the developmental process is not impeded because of systemic issues. He said that he has held many joint reviews with several line ministries of the Government of India and State Governments and plans to hold more in the days to come.
Reddy also said that certain key areas such as agriculture, employment generation, skill development, connectivity and infrastructure, social services including health and education and tourism development called for greater focus in these sectors.
The Minister also stressed that his agenda for the next financial year would be to ensure that the funds under 10 per cent GBS are completely and fruitfully utilized, projects are implemented quickly without delays and aligned to the realities of the North-East region.
The Minister said that newly-constituted ‘Agri-task force’ would help in ensuring optimum utilization of funds and maximum benefit to the people of the region. He requested that coordination and cooperation of all the State Governments would be critical for its success.
The Minister also emphasized that a scientific gap analysis needs to be done, where strengths and weaknesses need to be identified for a targeted action.
He further said that the States and Central Ministries must equally focus on social development and employment generation along with a continued focus on infrastructural development. He said that this is important to ensure that development reaches the last mile and manifests itself in the form improved standard of living and social uplift.
The Minister called upon all the officers to jointly work on an action plan for the holistic development of the region and complete utilization of funds. Reddy also appreciated the talented and capable women of North-East region and said that their potential should be tapped for holistic development of the region, he also added.
The Minister further informed that a two-day workshop would be held in Delhi soon with all the Central and State stakeholders to carry forward the momentum built up by this conference.