Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitendra Singh said that in the last four and half years, north east has undergone a revolutionary transformation under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He added that Prime Minister has himself paid several visits to the north eastern region.
He released the calendar of North East Council (NEC), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), in New Delhi today. The wall calendar has been prepared on theme of indigenous arts of North east and table calendar on the theme of ornaments of north east region.
He added that now the North East region has become a role model for the other states. The Minister said that recently Government has approved the extension of benefits to Jammu & Kashmir on the line of North Eastern states for industrial promotion, which is a matter of pride.
The Minister also spoke about other initiatives for north east region e.g. first region based NITI forum for north east, North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme, region based North Eastern Road Sector Development Scheme, first ever airport in Sikkim (Pakyong), North East Venture Fund, amendment in Indian Forest Act where bamboo is no longer a tree, enabling the livelihoods of forest communities, among others.
He said that DoNER Ministry has organised various events to promote culture and tourism of north east such as Destination North East series, North East calling etc. Speaking about the infrastructure development, the Minister mentioned about the Bogibeel bridge is a road and rail bridge over the Brahmaputra river in the north eastern Indian state of Assam. He also said that north east is now better connected with the other parts of country.