Vice President Naidu Calls on NEC to Accelerate Development of Northeast, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld


Shillong: Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday advised the Northeast Council (NEC) to propel the region into a resurgent phase of accelerated development by quickly resolving issues that have hampered its progress.

The NEC is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North East region comprising eight states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

Speaking here at a workshop on “The North East Council’s Changing Role in North East Region Development”, the Vice President said India’s progress cannot be complete without there is uneven progress in various regions.

“If the northeast region is advancing, India is advancing. If the region is lagging behind, India is lagging … India should work as the India-Center team, the states and local organizations working together on development issues to find solutions, ”Naidu said.

Hailing the NEC for its achievements, he said: “We cannot just rest on our laurels from the past. We certainly have many miles to go.”

He said now is the right time to revisit the NEC’s approaches as it prepares to meet the challenges of the winds of change that must be harnessed for the benefit of the region and its people.

Stating that the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a path of reform in all fields with a view to improving performance and productivity, Naidu said that the ease of doing business and the ease of life are key goals.

“We cannot afford to go slow. We cannot be satisfied with poor quality. We must constantly strive to be better than the best,” he said.

The Vice-President also stressed the need to ensure accountability and transparency in each program.

He said that as the country celebrates 75 years of independence and plans for the next 25 years, there is a need to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce disparities, reduce rural-urban development gaps, reorganize the education system and strengthen public health infrastructure, while building a healthy, educated, skilled and inclusive Atmanirbhar India.

“Ours is an ambitious India. And the vibrant North East region, with a population of around 45 million (4.5 crore), has its own dreams to fulfill,” Naidu said.

The NEC can be an effective instrument to bring coherence to these dreams, he added.

Among the achievements of the NEC, the vice-president mentioned the construction of more than 11,000 kilometers of roads, 10,340 km of electricity transmission and distribution lines and the establishment of “emblematic” institutions.

Welcoming the change in the region’s economy over the past six to seven years, he said the per capita net domestic product of all states has increased significantly.

“It is indeed encouraging to note that seven of the eight northeastern states have better human development indicators than the national average according to the 2019 National Human Development Index. Only Assam scored 0.613 slightly lower. to the Indian average of 0.645, “Naidu said. .

Although there has been overall progress in the economic and human development profile, there are a few areas that need more attention, he said, adding that CEN must now focus on the gaps identified. in terms of socio-economic development.

“The Index of Social Development Goals for the Northeast Region, 2021-2022 published by Niti Aayog provides clear direction in this regard. 108 districts in the region were ranked based on their performance against these targets. This index is an effective tool for tracking progress and identifying necessary interventions, ”he said.

Thanks to sustained efforts, the insurgency and accompanying violence, which has proven to be the bane of the region for a long time, is in decline, Naidu said.

He said that peace is absolutely necessary to accelerate the development of the Northeast region.

“Dialogue is the only way to go to solve any problem. We are one country, states should be in constant dialogue to solve any problem,” he added.

He said that young people in the region, like their counterparts in other parts of the country, are eager to write a new chapter in the history of our country and that they must be given opportunities and encouragement through concrete actions, he said.

Recalling that the 69th CEN plenary meeting held in January identified two key issues for resolving interstate border disputes and attracting private investment, the vice president said private investment should be encouraged by encouraging entrepreneurship, funds venture capital, start-ups and skills development.

Later, the Vice President attended a cultural program at Raj Bhawan, followed by interaction with successful people in various areas of Meghalaya.

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