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Destination North East-2020

Destination North East-2020

Context:

The Union Minister of State unveiled the Logo and song for the festival “Destination North East-2020” (The Emerging Delightful Destinations).

About the Festival:

  • It is a Four-Day Event which holds a special presentation of art and craft, textiles, ethnic products, tourism promotion, etc. of the northeastern states.
  • Digital North East Vision 2022 emphasizes leveraging digital technologies to transform the lives of people of the northeast and enhance the ease of living.

Participants:

  • Ministry of Development of North-East Region responsible for the matters relating to the planning, execution, and monitoring of development schemes and projects in the NE Region.
  • North Eastern Council (NEC) is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the NE Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. It was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament.
  • NERCORMP: North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) is a livelihood and rural development project aimed to transform the lives of the poor and marginalized tribal families in NE India.
    • It is a joint developmental initiative of the NEC, Ministry of DoNER, and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Initiatives for the development of North East:

  • In 2001, the Ministry of Development of the North East Region (MDoNER) was established. The ministry functions as the nodal Department of the Central Government to deal with the socio-economic development of the eight states of NER.
    • It acts as a facilitator between Central Ministries/ Departments and the State Governments of NERs.
  • Regional Connectivity Scheme has been launched to provide connectivity to unserved and underserved airports within the country and to promote regional connectivity by making the airfare affordable through Viability Gap Funding (VGF).
    • The North East has been kept as a priority area under this scheme.
  • Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, projects worth Rs.1400.03 crore has been sanctioned for the North East Region in the last five years.
  • Mission Purvodaya: It is aimed at driving the accelerated development of Eastern India through the establishment of an integrated steel hub.
  • It is expected that out of the 300 MT capacity by 2030-31, over 200 MT can come from this region alone, driven by Industry 4.0.

Source: PIB