NITI forum for NE to meet on Tuesday

NEW DELHI, 2nd Dec: The second meeting of the 'NITI Forum for North East' will be held here on Tuesday and will focus on issues pertaining to five critical sectors. Vice Chairman, NITI AAYOG, Rajiv Kumar will chair the meeting while DoNER minister Jitendra Singh will co-chair it, an official statement said. The meeting will mainly focus on issues pertaining to five critical sectors - tourism, bamboo, dairy, fisheries and tea, it said. The Forum was constituted in February 2018 to periodically review development status in the NE region. The forum is tasked to identify various constraints in the way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in NE and to recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints, the statement said. Members of the forum include secretaries of various central ministries, chief secretaries of all eight NE states, senior government officials and experts from various fields. It emerged that infrastructure, horticulture, bamboo, tourism, food processing, education, livelihoods, health in the region were areas critical for the development of the region, the statement said.
Decisions taken at the meeting have since been carried forward by various government departments and other stakeholders. Besides members of the forum, a number of experts from the government, industry and academia have also been invited to make the discussions more meaningful. The forum's first meeting was held on April 10, 2018 in Agartala where a broad spectrum of issues were discussed.

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