Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates NERCPA, association urges govt to form ministry for 'Act East Policy'

NERCPA has urged the Centre to create a separate ministry for 'Act East' policy to speed up development of northeast region and improve economic links with neighbouring countries

IANS June 19, 2017 22:41:36 IST
Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates NERCPA, association urges govt to form ministry for 'Act East Policy'

Agartala: The North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) has urged the central government to create a separate ministry for "Act East" policy to speed up development of northeast region and improve economic links with neighbouring countries, Tripura Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar said on Monday.

Sumitra Mahajan inaugurates NERCPA association urges govt to form ministry for Act East Policy

File image of Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. PTI.

Attended by Speakers and Deputy Speakers and senior officials of eight northeastern states, the four-day 16th annual conference of NERCPA, inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, ended in Imphal on Sunday.

"The NERCPA in an unanimous resolution has urged the central government to create a separate ministry for 'Act East' Policy to accelerate the development of northeast region and to improve economic ties with the neighbouring countries," Kar told reporters in Agartala.

"The resolution signed by eight Speakers and Deputy Speakers said that the northeastern region needs immediate expansion and up gradation of telecommunication with high speed bandwidth networks," he added.

The NERCPA also requested the central goverment to revive the special category state status, backward region grand fund and the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy for all-round development of the region.

"All the speakers in the conference expressed concern about the acute unemployment problem. The region has potentiality for development in energy, tourism, trade and commerce," Kar said quoting the deliberation of the conference.

He said that the northeastern region shares 98 percent of the international borders with southeast Asia and serves as the gateway to connect with south east Asian countries through Myanmar.

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