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  1. 1. Improving the quality of North east India
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION The North East is situated in a geographically vulnerable zone. Almost 98% of the North Eastern borders are international ones – connected to Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. 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 globalisation.
  3. 3. 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 opportunities Objectives
  4. 4. 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 •Fertile Soils •Mountainous terrain Facilitates generation of hydel power  Non-extreme climatic conditions Gives a boost to cultivation of valuable cash crops such as tea.  High literacy Great potential for tourism
  5. 5. 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 countryside 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. Seven Sisters
  6. 6. The Seven Sister’s Main Resources • Tea-based products • Bamboo • Natural gas • Silk • Oil • Handicrafts • Natural beauty • Abundant forests • Exotic flora and fauna • Great land for growing plantation crops, fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.
  7. 7. 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 structures This is not a phenomenon of the future; several efforts are already prepping the region for full scale development.
  8. 8. 1) Basing national policy for regional development on political weights. 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:
  9. 9. PROBLEMS 1.Lack of opportunity for people to exercise their entrepreneurial spirit 2. Inability of Governance 3. Connectivity & power 4. Transport and Communication: 5. Education 6.Banking Infrastructure 7.Marketing Infrastructure 8. Cross-border human trafficking
  10. 10. SOLUTIONS 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 communication. 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.
  11. 11. CONCLUSION 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 potential. 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 North East.