NEW DELHI, March 31 - Forward areas along the international borders in the North East should be developed for overall development of the region, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said.
Addressing a seminar on Sub-Regional Cooperation between India, Myanmar and Bangladesh on Wednesday, Singh said there are regional and cultural similarities on both sides of the international borders. �Northeastern region along the international borders should be developed for the overall development of the region,� he said.
The Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) said business all over is evolving and it has to be carried forward professionally. Singh said India is on the �threshold of becoming a super power� and for that, he emphasised on youth power and equitable growth of all regions in India.
�North East needs a little push in the developmental aspect and the Ministry of DoNER takes care of this aspect in coordination with other Ministries,� he said.
The Minister said a number of initiatives have been taken in the recent past for the overall development of the North East, including �Destination North-East� festival and designating Sikkim as the first organic State in the country.
Singh said the NE has a huge potential for start-ups and for this purpose, venture funds and other initiatives can be provided in the region.
On India�s �Act East� policy, Singh said it is his considered view that to �Act East� effectively, there is a need to first act for the development of the Northeastern region along the international borders.
He said connectivity is an issue in the region and in this regard, he suggested that new airports and chopper service can be an option. � PTI