GUWAHATI, March 4 - Emerging North East-2018 got under way today with Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur, inaugurating the expo at Shilpgram, Panjabari, Guwahati.
The event was also attended by Lok Sabha MP Bijoya Chakravarty.
Speaking at the event, Heptulla said that she was happy to see a large participation of women in the event.
�We generally see that women are being neglected, but here in the Northeast the case is different. In Manipur every woman is independent. There is a market in Manipur where 5,000-6,000 women work and are financially supporting their families. ASSOCHAM has taken a good step by conducting the Emerging North East-2018,� she stated.
Elaborating on the development process in the Northeast, she said that except Assam, there were hardly any industries in this region.
�Focus should also be made for the industrialisation of the other Northeastern states and that can be possible if communication to these states is improved. In the past one and a half years, the government has come up with a lot of schemes for the benefit of the people and are holding many events to promote their schemes for the awareness of the people,� she said.
The event was largely attended by farmers, agri-entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs and experts from the food industry from across the Northeast.
Bijoya Chakravarty, in her speech, said that the Northeast now seemed smaller due to better connectivity and that by applying scientific technology in all the sectors, the region can fast-track its development process.
�We will witness great development through science and technology. Emerging North East is an apt event for the farmers here, as they will get to learn a lot of things that can be applied in their day-to-day work,� she observed.
ASSOCHAM secretary general DS Rawat asserted that ASSOCHAM would be handholding entrepreneurs from technology, finance and marketing, and for doing so, it would work with the State government and agencies of the Central government in other Northeastern states,� he added.
Also present at the event were Dr RK Singh, programme coordinator, KVK Phek, Dr Subhas Bhattacharjee, Executive Director, NERAMAC, and Dr Ombeer S Tyagi, Senior Director, ASSOCHAM, among others.