Northeast region is the Economic Corridor of India: Dr. Jitendra Singh

The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressing the inaugural session of the Northeast Business Summit, organised by the Union DoNER Ministry in collaboration with the Indian Chamber of Commerce, in New Delhi on March 14, 2015.
Northeast region is the Economic Corridor of India: Dr. Jitendra Singh

The Union Minister of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh described Northeast region as the “Economic Corridor of India” for entry into international market beyond the eastern borders of the country. He was addressing at the inaugural session of the Northeast Business Summit hosted by the Ministry of DoNER in collaboration with Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), here today. Senior government representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar are participating in this summit. To “act east” distal to the eastern borders of India, we will first need to successfully “act east” proximal to the Indian borders within the eight Northeastern States, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, during the past over 100 days ever since he was entrusted the responsibility of looking after the Ministry of DoNER, what precisely he has learnt is that in a country like India known for its diversity, Northeast is the best example of “diversity within diversity”.

Referring to several new initiatives undertaken by him, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, beginning from January this year, he has introduced the practice of holding a camp secretariat office by rotation every month in each of the eight States of Northeast and informed that two such Secretariat Camps have already been held in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh respectively, in the months of January and February while the camp in March will be held in Mizoram. This, he said, will send out a loud message to the people of Northeast that they do not need to travel to New Delhi each time when they have a grievance. On the contrary, it is New Delhi which will reach out to them, he added.

Inspired by Prime Minister’s “Make in India” initiative, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, a concept paper titled “Make in Northeast” has been prepared and he is personally trying to reach out to industrial houses to promote organic farming and food processing which will generate revenue as well as employment in the region. He appealed to leaders of the business community including Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to become active participants in this initiative and to inspire potential investors and entrepreneurs to supplement the DoNER Ministry’s efforts in the region. This will not only help in promoting industry and business but will also bridge the psychological barriers and bring Northeast closer to mainstream India’s brisk march on the road to development and growth, he observed.

Minister for Industry and an influential member of People’s Representative of Bangladesh, Alhaz Amir Hossain Amu and Bhutan Health Minister Tandin Wangchuk expressed their enthusiasm to do business with India and appreciated the initiative taken by DoNER Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh. In response, Dr. Singh assured the representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar that in near future, not only the Northeastern region of India will succeed in attracting investors from other parts of country but would also provide tempting potential to its neighbouring countries for mutually beneficial joint business ventures.

Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju profusely praised the focused work style of Dr Jitendra Singh and complimented him as one of the most efficient colleagues in the Union Ministry. Responding to the concerns over poor air connectivity, Raju said, he was keenly following up the matter and expected more cooperation in this regard from the various State governments in the Northeast.


Promotion of Tourism and improvement of connectivity in NE region discussed

The members of the consultative committee attached to the Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) in a meeting held here yesterday discussed the issues of promotion of Tourism, improvement of connectivity & other infrastructural projects in the region.

During the first meeting of the consultative committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for DoNER, the members were informed that the ministry needs the cooperation of the states for coordination of various projects in the region. The ministry could not organize the meetings of the North-Eastern Council (NEC) in the region for a long time & hence forth meeting will be held regularly by rotation in different state of the region, informed the Minister.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, informed the members that the ministry will take up the project “Make in North-East” on the lines of “Make in India” project announced by the Prime Minister. He said that the ministry is also arranging a Mega Festival in Delhi by involving NEC and NE States shortly. He also informed the members that the hostel facilities for NE students in Delhi is also being increased by constructing too more new hostels for them. There is also a proposal to set up a study center in Jawahar Lal Nehru university for students from the NE region.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of State (I/C) for Sports & Youth Affairs informed the members that the main concern of the states is connectivity & infrastructural development. He also appreciated the initiative of the DoNER Ministry to arrange the visits for different Union Ministers to the North-Eastern Region & the camp offices of the ministry in different states by rotation. He, however, suggested that the projects in the region should be taken up as per the requirements of the states & should not be decided unilaterally.

Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs highlighted the issue of organic farming in the region. He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs is implementing the Bezbaruah committee report which has also recommended the setting up of world class convention center in Delhi for North-Eastern States. He mentioned that the problems of Power sector, Tourism & Civil Aviation are required to be coordinated with the concern ministries by Ministry of DoNER.

The members highlighted the issues of the region ranging from Tourism, Power, Roads, Civil Aviation, Organic Farming, Horticulture development, processing and packaging of fruits. They also informed about the difficulties in the formulation of detailed projects reports (DPR), implementation of the schemes & financial constants.

Earlier Sh. R. Vijay Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of DoNER made a presentation about the plan schemes in North-Eastern Region & the budget provision for the same. He also informed that the budget estimate of the ministry for the year 2015-16 is about Rs. 2150 crores.

S/Shri Neiphiu Rio, Purno Agitok Sangma, Rameswar Teli, Vincent H. Pala from the Lok Sabha, Sh. Ronald Sapa Tlau and Smt. Wansuk Syiem from the Rajya Sabha attended the meeting. Senior officers from the Ministry of DoNER and NEC were also present.


The Auction of Spectrum in 2015

In 2100 MHZ, 1800 MHZ, 900 MHZ and 800 MHZ Bands Continues
61 Rounds of Bidding Completed at the End of Day 10

            The Auction of Spectrum in 2100 MHz, 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz Bands re- commenced today at 09.00 A.M. and today 6 rounds of bidding were completed. Till now, 61 rounds of bidding has taken place.

            The bidding is taking place in all bands. Brisk bidding was seen on 10th day of bidding, with activity requirement set at 100%. There is robust bidding going on in 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands. At the end of 61st round, about 87% of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders. The provisional amount committed by bidders at the end of 61st round is Rs.102215 Crore. Majority of service areas are going at a premium over reserve price. The competitive bidding is expected to continue. There is still spectrum, which is yet to be sold. Bidding would recommence on Monday i.e. 16-03-2015 at 9AM.

            Detailed file is attached.  Click here to see Report: 


High level committee to develop an action plan for integrated promotion of Culture and Tourism in Varanasi: Dr Mahesh Sharma 

Action plan to be submitted by the 15th of next month 

The Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma has said that the government is setting up a coordination committee for the integrated promotion of tourism and culture in Varanasi. He was speaking to reporters after the seminar on Pilgrimage & Spiritual Tourism “Opportunity abounds along the Ganges” in Varanasi today. 

The Minister said that the committee will comprise of the Secretaries of the Union Ministries of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, representatives of local administration, experts and a media person. The Committee will submit its action plan report by 15th of April, 2015 and the action plan will be ready for implementation within the next three months. Dr Mahesh Sharma said that an atmosphere of safety and cleanliness as well as hospitality will be created at all the religious and cultural places for which Rs 18 cr has been released. The educational institutions of Varanasi will be used to develop art and culture with the help of Lalit Kala Academy, he added. 

Earlier, addressing the hoteliers and tour operators at the Seminar, Dr Mahesh Sharma urged them to fully utilize the opportunity of spiritual and religious tourism along the holy river Ganga. He requested the hoteliers to adopt the ghats for cleaning them as well as take care of their maintenance. 

The Minister paid a surprise visit to the Varanasi Railway station and checked the tourist facilities there. He also visited the Ghats and inspected the progress of cleaning up of the ghats. 

An interpretation centre of ASI was also inaugurated by Dr Mahesh Sharma at Varanasi. The minister also held meeting with officers of ASI and Ministry of Tourism and discussed in detail possibilities of further promoting tourism and culture in Varanasi and providing cleanliness as well as safety to the tourists. 


World War-I Centenary Commemoration Wreath Laying Ceremony at Teen Murti on 14 Mar 2015 


            A homage ceremony, marking the ongoing centenary commemoration of the sacrifice and valour of Indian Troops in various theatres of World War-I, was conducted at the historic Teen Murti Memorial.   

The solemn ceremony was presided over by Lt Gen Rajan Bakshi,  GOC –in-C Central Comd and attended by other General Officers representing various arms and services of the Army.  Floral wreaths were laid on the occasion in the honour and memory of the matchless contribution of Indian Soldiers in the Great War.

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh interacting with the veterans during theVeer Senani Rally, at Jhajjhar, in Haryana on March 14, 2015.

Veer Senani Rally at Jhajjar on 14 Mar 15 

            A Veer Senani Rally was organised at Jhajjhar on 14 Mar 15 at New Police Lines, Jhajjhar.  The rally attracted more than 17000 Veterans from nine districts of Haryana i.e Rothak, Jhajjar, Jind, Bhiwani, Hisar, Rewari, Fetehabad, Sirsa and Mahendergarh.
Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of Army Staff, Mr Depinder Singh, Chief Secretary Haryana  and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion to interact with the Ex Servicemen.  The Rally was aimed to achieve the motto of providing “SAMMAN, SEHAT, SAHULIYAT AUR SAHAYATA” to Veterans and Veer Naris. A dedicated effort of one year had preceded the Rally wherein army personnel visited each and every village and house within the nine districts to re-establish contact with retired army persons (Veterans) and Veer Naris.

 A number of stalls were established to cater for various aspects of Ex Servicemen viz ECHS, CSD, Resettlement, Sainik Boards, Helpline, Record offices, etc. A fully equipped Medical Camp was also organized as part of the rally from 12-14 Mar 2015.The medical camp had a extensive presence of various specialists to provide advice and medicines.

While addressing the Veterans at the Rally, Gen Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff expressed army’s solidarity with its retired fraternity and assured the gathering that the government and the Army are sensitive to their needs and would take every step to ensure that the Ex-Servicemen and their families are cared for and looked after well.

            The Chief of Army Staff presented 39 Modified Auto-Scooters for a total amount of Rs 26,00,000/- and six Wheel-Chairs for a total of Rs 2,27,760/- to those soldiers who had become paraplegic or amputees during various military operations. Besides, a number of Veterans, Veer Naris and widows received benefits of various grants and aids under various schemes like Resettlement, Educational Scholarships, marriage grant to daughters and financial aid for a total amount of Rs 6,00,000/- . 150 shawls were presented to war widows and Veernaris, while 400 blankets were presented to the veterans and disabled soldiers , as a mark of respect and solidarity.   The Rally not only re-touched the lives of retired army personnel but also enabled provisioning of assistance to a massive population base by arranging benefits of various welfare schemes of the Government and Army at a single venue.


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