New Delhi, October 17: North East India is soon going to emerge as a new ‘StartUp’ destination from all over the country especially for youngsters. A two-day National Convention focusing on “Transforming North East India” was addressed by the Minster of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh on Sunday.
Here in the Convention Union Minister Jitendra Singh, mentioned that North East has the potential to become one of the leading hubs of Start Ups. As many youngsters from different parts of the country are crowding in the NE states to take advantage of its unexplored qualities. This is possible only because of smooth transportation facility coupled with administrative focus in the last two years.
Singh said in several areas of North East, including states like Arunachal Pradesh, almost 40 per cent of fruit goes waste due to lack of sufficient storage and transportation facilities. This can be used to produce pure fruit juice at cost effective price.
During the long interaction Dr Singh discussed on various areas for future StartUps where he distinctly points out accommodation problems. Average hotels in the region charges huge amount of money which is sometimes equal to 5 star hotels in the Metropolitan cities. However, these areas too are penetrated especially during the peak season of tourism by the youngsters in the recent two to three years.
Singh also referred to the upcoming projects like that of new airports at Pakyong in Sikkim, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Shillong in Meghalaya, along with a time-bound plan to lay broad-gauge rail tracks to ease business in the near future.
Talking of StartUps, Singh also discussed on medical and healthcare sector, which is emerging at a great pace. Earlier patients were taken to Kolkata or Vellore for treatment but in course of time private sectors are encouraged to open up new hospitals in the region where the youngsters are leading.
Singh added that as a part of their tradition, Northeastern women are already active and empowered. Initiatives of encouraging Self Help Groups to promote household entrepreneurships are also taken where young Star tUps have also come up and opted to work in handloom and textile sector.
Hence, the Union Textile Ministry has initiated several exclusive schemes and initiatives for NE States.
Jitendra Singh even called upon the youngsters to make the best use of the special budgetary support offered to the industry and “North East Industrial Promotion Policy” too.