Ministry of Development of North-East Region Current Affairs - 2019

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NITI Forum for Northeast outlines 5 development missions

The first meeting of the newly constituted NITI Forum for Northeast was held in Agartala, Tripura. It was was organised by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) and North Eastern Council (NEC). It was co-chaired by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajeev Kumar and Minister of State (Independent Charge), for DoNER, Jitendra Singh. Representatives of all eight member northeastern states Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura participated in it.

Key Highlights of meeting

5 development missions: They were outlined for promoting sectors like horticulture, tourism and food processing in the region. Other missions will cover bamboo-based handicrafts and medium scale industries with focus on ‘Make in North-East’.

HIRA Development Concept: The focus of development projects in region will be based on the concept of “HIRA” which stands for Highways, Internet ways, Railways and Airways. There will be also emphasis on education, health and skill development in the region.

NITI Forum for North East

It was constituted in February 2018 with an aim to ensure sustainable economic growth of North Eastern Region (NER) and periodically review the development status in NER. It has its Secretariat in the Ministry of DoNER.

Representation: The forum is co-chaired by Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of DoNER. It includes representation from all NER States, their Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of relevant Central Ministries and Departments, Directors of reputed institutions (IIT, IIM etc), experts and journalists are included as members.

Mandate: The forum is tasked to identify various constraints on way of accelerated, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in NER of country. It will also recommend suitable interventions for addressing identified constraints. It will also review development status in the NER.

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First Inter-Ministerial Committee on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for North East

The first meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) for North East Region (NER) is scheduled to be held in March 2018. It will be co-chaired by Secretaries of Ministry of Development of North-East Region (MDoNER) and AYUSH. It will comprise members from various Ministries, Departments and several organisations in relevant fields.

Key Facts

MDoNER will be coordinator for IMC of MAPs. IMC will suggest actionable measures for enhancing the livelihood and economic transformation based on cultivation and sustainable management of MAPs resource in North East Region.

IMC will review existing mechanism or institutional arrangements for management and development of MAPs resources of NER. It will identify gaps in existing mechanism or institutional arrangements, suggest policy intervention for optimally harnessing MAPs resources of NER and accelerate development of MAPs sector, suggest Plan of Action for dovetailing of schemes and programmes of concerned Ministries and Departments. It will also suggest actionable measures for enhancing livelihood and economic transformation based on cultivation and sustainable management of MAPs resource in NER.


IMC on MAPs was set up for North Eastern Region (NER) after meeting between Secretaries of DoNER and AYUSH.  It aims to create synergy in various programmes of Union Government to enable medicinal and aromatic plants sector become vibrant and develop resources to its potential.

Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (MAPs)

MAPs are botanical raw materials i.e. herbal drugs that are primarily used for therapeutic, aromatic and culinary purposes. They are mainly used as components of cosmetics, medicinal products, health foods and other natural health products. They are also starting materials for value-added processed natural ingredients such as essential oils, dry and liquid extracts and oleoresins.

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