Perspective: North East Infra in Focus

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on North East Infra in Focus. The Northeast region of India comprises eight states- Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim. According to 2011 census this 3.78% of country’s population resides in this region. It also comprises approx. 7.98% of country’s area including 5,483 Km of India’s international borders. These eight states also constitute 3.37% of country’s total agriculture land holding and 34.5% of the total bamboo bearing area in the country. Challenges being faced by the North Eastern Region have been assessed through various studies and reports submitted by different Committees, Commissions, Task Forces etc. appointed from time to time. These assessments have broadly identified various measures to bridge the infrastructural gaps and remove the backlog in basic minimum services in North Eastern States that include connecting North-East with rest of India and world through rail, road, water and air connectivity, opening new trade and business opportunities by improving the banking sector and giving incentive to Industry sector etc. Several initiatives have been undertaken by the Centre Government to develop North Eastern Region holistically for improving basic infrastructure and providing road, rail, water, telecom and air connectivity in the region. Today we will discuss and analyse all these challenges and initiatives taken for Infrastructure Development in the north easter region of our country.

1. R.R. Rashmi, Former Chief Secretary, Manipur
2. Dr. Vishwapati Trivedi, Former Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, GoI
3. Dr. Subhash Chand, Principal Scientist, Central Road Research Institute

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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