Vibrant North East: Arch towards realizing Atma Nirbhar Bharat
Eclectic Northeast|September 2020
With Prime Minister Modiji embarking “India to strive for self-reliance, use vast resources to produce for global market as well” during 74th Independence day, nestled in the Himalayas states, North-East Region (NER) echoes a gateway to realize India’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat vision binding economic, socio-cultural and environmental relationships with our mainstream India.
Dr. Arvind Kumar

Celled as ‘Seven Sisters and One Little Brother’, NER is a treasure house of biodiversity, natural resources, tourist destination and blessed with natural resources and very much enriched with biodiversity. Landscape constituents of the region such as hills (60%), plateaus (12 %) and plains (28 %) along with river systems contribute substantially in enriching its scenic component. Hailing the cleanliness and hygiene culture followed by the people of the Northeast Indian states, the region has a potential to set a precedent for mainstream states of India.

Coming together in the age of SDGs

With recent innovative programs such as KVIC initiating Khadi and tourism in a tribal village of Chullyu in Arunachal Pradesh and Chief Minister Pema Khandu launching the Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Programme, such initiatives can catalyze an entrepreneurial ecosystem laying a hallmark towards vibrant, self-reliant and inclusive society.

India has fully adopted the SDG framework and aligned its development priorities with the Global Goals and North East region is showing prospective outcomes to realize SDGs. All North East states have been regarded as ‘performers’ in NITI Aayog SDG 2030 index. The 17 goals are interconnected and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that the states take efforts to achieve them all by 2030. This is a welcome step and from time-to-time, the region has set tremendous milestones and precedent for other states to learn and customize.

With Union Budget 2020-21 according the highest priority to the overall development of North Eastern Region and Budget for North East Council doubled from

₹700 Crore to ₹1474 Crore in the last five years, such substantial funding holds the key towards sustaining the infrastructure, institutions and capacity building measures in the region. This is in tune with Prime Minister’s vision of holistic development for North East India and shall enhance development of deprived areas; balance socio-economic development, mainstream deprived sections of society and emerging priority sectors in the North Eastern States

Sustainable development is closely linked to public welfare and development of society and environment. On the contrary, long term neglect of the community’s needs like education, inclusion, market access, human skills have pushed them towards certain challenging situations like migration, poverty, violence, insurgency, exclusion. Despite rich in natural resources, an integrated natural resource management is yet to be implemented.

Stumbling blocks that derail the sustainability of NER

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