DELHI: Union minister of state (independent charge) for development of North Eastern region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh today released the first-ever Coffee Table Book on Northeast published by the North Eastern Council (NEC).
The hard-cover Coffee Table book, consisting of 180 pages, is mainly a pictorial and visual depiction of the various facets of Northeast with messages from President of India, Prime Minister and DoNER Minister in his capacity as chairman NEC as well as from the Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight States of North-Eastern Region.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that the development activity in the North-Eastern Region has made rapid strides over the last two years. Personal interest and high priority accorded to the region by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also a reason for the same, he said.
Singh added that he believes that in order to make India’s “Act East Policy” more effective and fruitful, India will also have to strengthen and reinforce its resources proximal to the eastern borders. He referred to the currently under construction rail-link to Bangladesh from Tripura, which is being funded by the Ministry of DoNER on the Indian side from Agartala to Akhaura as examples.
He informed that beginning October 3, 2016, two new flights will be introduced between Guwahati and Aizawl, and Guwahati and Silchar. These will be in addition to the first-ever flight from New Delhi to Dimapur in Nagaland started from April 1, 2015 and the first-ever direct flight to Aizawl.
Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya are now on India’s Rail map of India for the first time, said Singh said. Most of the North-Eastern States will get a broad-gauge rail track in the next few years. Singh also expressed satisfaction that Kohima in Nagaland and Namchi in Sikkim have found a place on the first batch of the 27 smart city list released yesterday.
Musafir Namah Bureau