NEW DELHI, Jan 17 - As the government has been trying to woo investments into the Northeast, the investors have called for safety and security in the region, hinting at the recent turmoil over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
At the North East Business Summit organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), officials tried their best to hard sell the Northeast only to be told that safety and security was paramount. Investors though confirmed that infrastructure facilities and connectivity in the region have improved.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, who was the chief guest at the inaugural function, sought to differentiate the current unrest over the Bill from the insurgency-related violence. �Whatever is going on in Assam currently is a political agitation and cannot be compared with insurgency-related violence,� he said.
Earlier, he said that one of the reasons why the Northeast remained backward was because its traditional links with neighbouring countries were snapped in the 1950s, while its only contact with India was through the chicken neck. �The government has now adopted a new strategy by deciding to open all the traditional links with neighbouring countries,� he said.
�Why we have been left behind is because of the creation of East Pakistan and all our land links were snapped,� Mukhi explained, adding, unemployment started increasing and that eventually led to insurgency.
Stating that time has changed, he said the Centre has now adopted a multi-pronged strategy. �We are on the right path now and we have to develop the Northeast from its traditional linkages,� he said.
�In the Northeast, Assam is the best place to invest. The Government of India and Assam government are determined to develop the Northeast and Assam,� he said.