North Eastern Vision 2020, a road map for the region’s development, called for changes in the traditional cropping patterns and expansion of industry and tourism in the region.
The document, signed on Tuesday by the Union Minister for development of North Eastern Region Mani Shankar Aiyar, chief ministers and governors of northeastern states, will be released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi.
Aiyar called the three-volume document an “inspiration and commitment” for the Centre. It sees a green revolution as necessary for poverty alleviation in the northeastern states, which are heavily dependent on agriculture. It envisages replacement of traditional cropping patterns by short-duration, high-yielding varieties of paddy, wheat, maize, mustard etc, promotion of horticulture and floriculture and plantations of bamboo, rubber and spices through farmers’ groups.
Aiyar hoped that the North East Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007, for the northeast would give a fillip to large, medium and small industry, as also the hospitality industry and IT and ITES (IT enabled services) industry.
For tapping the human resource of the northeastern region, the document envisages the creation of centres of excellence through public and private initiatives. DoNER Secretary Veena Shriram Rao announced that a Centre for the Development of northeast would soon be opened as part of the recently set up IIM, Shillong.