North Eastern Region: Vision 2020

DOI10.1177/0019556120160330
Publication Date01 July 2016
AuthorNupur Tiwari
Date01 July 2016
SubjectArticle
DOCUMENT
NORTH EASTERN REGION: VISION 2020
NUPUR
TIWARI
Summary
and
Highlights
India's North Eastern Region is a 'rainbow country ... extraordinarily
diverse
and
colourful, mysterious when seen through parted clouds'. The
uneasy relationship with most
of
the neighbouring countries has not helped
the cause
of
development
of
the region either: with 96 per cent
of
the
boundary
of
the region forming international borders, private investment
has shied away from the region. ·
Poor infrastructure and governance is combined with low productivity
and market access. Inability
of
governments to control floods and river bank
erosion causes unmitigated damage to properties and lives
of
millions
of
people every year in the region.
Vision 2020: Ushering
in
peace
and
prosperity
for
the people
People
of
the region have an ambitious vision: by 2020, they aspire to
see their region emerge peaceful, strong, confident, and ready to engage
with the global economy.
Challenges
and
strategy
The challenges to ensuring peace and progress in the region are
formidable. The gap between the region and the rest
of
the country
in terms
of
various developmental outcomes, productivities and
capacities
of
people and institutions is large and growing, and has
to be bridged.
Given the vast disparities within the region, a development strategy
will have to be evolved depending upon prevailing resources,
conditions and people's needs and priorities.
Empowerment
of
the people
by
maximizing self-governance and
participatory development through grass-roots planning. Such
planning will help to evolve development strategy based on the
resources, needs and aspirations
of
the people.
Rural
development
with
a
focus
on
improving
agricultural
productivity
and
the
creation
of
non-farm
avocations
and
employment.
Augmenting infrastructure, including rail, road, inland water and air

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