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Tue, 07 Apr 2020

Northeast Today

Centre giving focus to NE development: Jitendra Singh

Centre giving focus to NE development: Jitendra Singh
February 08
13:29 2020

NET Bureau

The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving tremendous focus on the overall development of the Northeast, including that of infrastructure, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Friday.

This was conveyed by Singh when a six-member parliamentary delegation from Germany, headed byJurgen Hardt, called on him here, an official statement said.

Singh, Minister for the Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER), said the Centre is allocating 10 per cent of its resources to the region despite it having just 3.5 per cent population of the country and 7 per cent area.

Singh said that in the last two years, major steps were taken for air connectivity and for the rapid development of inland waterways in the region. There are 20 inland waterways including the one on the mighty Brahmaputra for cheap and easy transportation of goods, he said.

This signifies the priority being attached to the region, Singh said.

The Minister briefed the delegation about international collaborative arrangements for the development of the Northeastern region and said Japan is investing in a big way for the construction of roads and bridges there. Israel is having a project on citrus food parks as well, he added.

The Minister wanted to know from the German delegation as to how Germany can help in commissioning developmental projects in the region, the statement said.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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