The North East is situated in a
geographically vulnerable zone.
Almost 98% of the North Eastern
borders are international ones –
Of late there is a wide recognition
among policy makers and economists
of the region that the main stumbling
block for economic development of the
NER is the disadvantageous
geographical location. However, with
98% of its borders with foreign
countries, the NER has better scope
for development in the era of
1.Bridge the digital divide.
2.Providing information regarding
local resources, local demographic
parameters, Internet connectivity and
services delivery to citizen.
3.Enabling a platform for interaction.
4.Distance learning programme.
5.Generation of employment
North East: Many Strengths
• Rich in mineral and water resources
Facilitates power generation
Makes industrialisation easier
Boost to agriculture
Alternative mode of passenger and cargo trans
Facilitates generation of hydel power
Non-extreme climatic conditions
Gives a boost to cultivation of valuable cash
crops such as tea.
Great potential for tourism
The region has over 160 Scheduled
Tribes and over 400 other sub-tribal
communities and groups. It is
predominantly rural with over 84 per
cent of the population living in the
The realisation of people’s vision of
development requires a paradigm shift
in the planning process
Northeast India is the eastern-most
region of India connected to East India
via a narrow corridor squeezed
between Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar
Bangladesh and China.
The Seven Sister’s Main
• Tea-based products
• Natural gas
• Natural beauty
• Abundant forests
• Exotic flora and
• Great land for
The emergence of such an
ecosystem will achieve several
things – not only will it compel
migrating populations to
contribute their skills to the
development of the region but
also reduce instances of human
trafficking in the region.
Adding to the vulnerability are
factors of unemployment,
gender-based violence, armed
conflicts, and oppressive social
This is not a phenomenon of the future;
several efforts are already prepping the
region for full scale development.
1) Basing national policy for
regional development on
2) Region’s inability to articulate
its own development agenda.
3) The government’s approach
of basing policies towards the
region on security principle.
Three major factors hindering economic
growth in the region:
1.Lack of opportunity for
people to exercise their
2. Inability of Governance
3. Connectivity & power
4. Transport and Communication:
8. Cross-border human trafficking
1. Allowing local entrepreneurs to
reach such emerging markets.
2. Help in creating employment
opportunities among the masses.
3. Builds entrepreneurial skills in these
women, and encourages them to
deliver quality products to the market.
4. Involving a comprehensive road
map for development for transport and
5. Uplift communities and advance the
mission for equitable human rights.
6.Creation of knowledge based society.
7.Penetration among youth.
8.Diversification of services.
1. The NER is emerging as a steadily
growing market, and quick and
steadfast measures must be taken to
ensure proper utilization of this growth
2. It is not surprising that major
companies are looking towards it to
make up for the shortfall they may be
experiencing in other regions.
3. It is time the government started
looking at this issue seriously and by
bringing all the stakeholders together.
4. The current need is to evaluate these models and see
how they can be made relevant for all eight states of the