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MoS Dr Jitendra Singh chairs the Meeting of
MoS Dr Jitendra Singh chairs the Meeting of Consultative Committee for DoNER Ministry

NEW DELHI. The Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today reiterated the Government’s commitment to ensure fast-track development in the North east region. He was addressing the media after chairing the Consultative Committee meeting for Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in Jammu. Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the Government has taken major strides in the development of the North Eastern Region in last four years.

While addressing the members of the committee, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that there was a need to highlight special qualities of each state for developing its unique identity alongside the collective identity of ‘North East’. He said that this will provide developmental, economic, cultural and political identity and impetus to each of the NE States. He further said that there was a need to synergize the efforts of the Ministry with that of the concerned State agencies for overall development of the region.

To various issues raised by the members of the Consultative Committee regarding the need for expanding markets, Dr Jitendra Singh remarked that the Ministry of DoNER was also exploring areas of collaboration with other Ministries so as to tap domestic and international market. He also stated that the Ministry would focus on aligning with State agencies of other States to provide mechanism of selling to each other Handloom and Handicrafts products. Mentioning the various steps taken by the Ministry for expanding markets for local artisans, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that handloom counters/showrooms for exclusively NE products were being opened at various airports across the country. Handloom counters were also being opened in various cities of India outside NE region including Metro cities, he added. He said, Digital shopping interfaces were being developed to capture online customers. The Minister also said that 20 percent rebate on freight charges and 30 percent on air cargo is being given for the products produced in NE region.
(Updated on June 14th, 2018)