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Second meeting of NITI Forum for North East on Dec 4 in Guwahati

The second meeting of the newly constituted ‘NITI Forum for North East’ will be held in Guwahati on 4thDecember, 2018.Vice Chairman NITI AAYOG, Dr Rajiv Kumar will chair and Minister of State (IC) for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh will co-chair the meeting.

In February 2018, the ‘NITIForum for North East’ was constituted to periodically review the development status in North EasternRegion. The NITI Forum for Northeast is tasked to identify various constraints on the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the North East Region of the country and to recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints.Members of the Forum include Secretaries of various Ministries of the Government of India, Chief Secretaries of all the eight North-eastern states and also senior government officials and experts from various fields. The Secretary, North East Council (NEC) is the Member Secretary of the Forum.

The Forum’s first meeting was held on 10th April 2018 at Agartala where a wide ranging spectrum of issues was discussed. It emerged that Infrastructure, Horticulture, Bamboo, Tourism, Food Processing, Education, Livelihoods, Health and Made in North Eastern Region were areas critical for the development of the Region. Decisions taken at the meeting have since been carried forward by various Government Departments and other stakeholders.

Deliberations during the meeting will mainly focus on issues pertaining to five critical sectors – Tourism, Bamboo, Dairy, Fisheries and Tea. Besides the members of the Forum, a number of experts from Government, Industry and Academia have also been invited to make the discussions more meaningful.

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