Shillong, April 10: The Niti Forum was constituted at Agartala for the Northeaster States, which was attended by Minister of State DoNER Dr. Jitendra Singh and Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar.
In the day long deliberations, the members of the Niti Forum for Northeast expressed their views and suggestion on the thrust area which can propel development including — Hydel Power, Tourism, Border Trade, Bamboo, Floriculture, Medicinal plants, Horticulture, Handicrafts, Animal Husbandry, Organic Farming, etc.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma expressed his concern on infrastructure development including air connectivity between Northeast and other Asean countries and proper road connectivity between all State capitals of the region.
“2022 National Games in Meghalaya should be treated as an event for Northeast and momentum of growth and development should be accelerated”, the Chief Minister said.
He also remarked that formation of Niti Aayog Forum would go a long way in realizing the potentials of Northeast, as all the States will come together to address challenges based on similarities and commonalities to chart out an action plan.
Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma also expressed his concern on climate change and expressed his views on mitigation and adaptation. “There is a need to create small check dams and reservoirs and hybrid system for power, so that we are able to tap the potential of our resources”, he said.
“I am optimistic that Niti Aayog Forum for Northeast would be able to guide each States to move forward with specific suggestions and ideas”, the Chief Minister said.
He informed the gathering that Meghalaya is contemplating to chart out a policy on waste disposal management and would recycle plastics and engage communities to produce organic manures from bio wastes.