The creation of special economic zones (SEZs) is key towards providing opportunities to business and people in the north-eastern state of Manipur which is fast emerging as a state with local initiatives going hand in hand with national and global efforts - Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) commented at an ASSOCHAM virtual conference.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, the DoNER Minister in his inaugural address in an ASSOCHAM Interactive Session on ‘Manipur: The Land of Emerging Opportunities.’ Said, “Initiatives of SEZs, technology, innovation and knowledge management are extremely important in the current scenario,”
In the post-Covid India, north-east, including Manipur is going to have a very critical role in the resurgence and supplementation of economy and the path to power post-Covid India roadway via north-east is destined to lead India's post-Covid economy.
The DoNER Ministry is reviewing all the incomplete projects to reallocate the funds that had been parked in these projects. He added, “For all of us, time-bound completion of ongoing projects in roadways, transport, waterways, airways, power and other sectors is ensured and our priority should be to build up required infrastructure.”
Dr. Jitendra Singh further said, “If we have to engage ourselves with ASEAN countries, we need to empower ourselves proximal to the eastern borders.” Highlighting the government’s policy in this regard, he said “We are no longer looking at but seeking to act East.”
The DoNER Ministry, in the last four years or so has introduced a more technology-based mechanism thereby successfully initiating innovative techniques of procuring UCs (Utilisation Certificates) through Space Satellite Imaging Technique. This, he said, not only saves time in terms of subsequent grants but also provides real-time and authentic images.
Noting that north-eastern region's strength lies in its people and natural resources and that government is committed to provide policy support to the industry, Dr. Singh said that industry should come forward to partner with the government.
In his address, ASSOCHAM’s secretary general, Mr. Deepak Sood said, “Manipur will play a crucial role in determining the success of the Act East policy, to expanded economic integration and repositioning India’s interest with not just Southeast Asia but to East Asia.”