Bamboo sector to propel self reliance in NE region: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, June 30 (MExN):  Bamboo sector will propel the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (Self-reliant India) in the North Eastern Region and is going to be an important vehicle of trade not only for India but also for the entire subcontinent.

This was observed by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh on June 30 after a review meeting through video conference which was attended by senior officers from the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDONER) and North Eastern Council (NEC) Shillong.

According to a PIB release, the Minister said that bamboo is not only vital to India's Post- COVID economy but it will also herald a new momentum for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call of ‘Vocal for Local’. 

Dr Jitendra Singh took great satisfaction in the fact that MDoNER achieved 100% work output even during the COVID-19 crisis.

He also congratulated the team MDoNER for achieving 100% expenditure during 2019-20 and appreciated the efforts of the Ministry for helping North Eastern States in developing Infrastructure for fighting COVID-19 and playing a coordinating role between NE States and various Central Ministries/Department.

Emphasizing the importance of seamless net facility for the overall development of the region, especially during the current crisis when most of the activities are being carried out through on line mode, the Minister urged the officers to coordinate with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to augment uninterrupted high-speed net facility in the North Eastern region for its comprehensive socio-economic development.

The Minister was also apprised of the role played by North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) in promoting start-ups in the North Eastern region by promoting local talent. It has also encouraged local entrepreneurship by providing venture funds to the prospective entrepreneurs especially in the MSME sectors and facilitated investment- domestic as well as foreign, by friendly countries, in the region.

Dr Jitendra Singh also interacted with the Director General, Border Roads Organisation, Lt General Harpal Singh and other senior officials of the Border Roads Organization (BRO) and addressed their concerns pertaining to the Northeastern region.