North East Region Current Affairs - 2020

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Consultative Committee meeting chaired by Minister of North Eastern Region

The Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh chaired the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting of the North Eastern Region on December 12, 2019. The issues of development of North East was discussed at the meeting.

Highlights

At the meeting the issue of utilization of 10% of GBS in the North East Region was discussed. With Government of India prioritizing development project in North East India, allocating the right amount for the projects is essential. Also, the ministry invited other ministries to approach DoNER to identify projects. The GBS allocated for the North East Region for the year 2019-20 is 59,369 crores.

In 1996, it was decided that all the ministries will set apart 10% if their GBS to the North East Region unless exempted.

What is GBS?

GBS is Gross Budgetary Support. It includes sources of revenue raised by the Government and tax collection. The amount to be allocated to GBS is fixed by the Finance Commission. It collects the requirement of all the ministries and fixes the amount based on priority. Like other budget, GBS is also split into revenue and capital components.

Infrastructure Projects in North East India

In order to hasten the development of North East Region, GoI set up Special Infrastructure Development Scheme in 2018. Under the scheme, so far 1765 crores of rupees have been allocated. The scheme focuses on physical infrastructure like power connectivity, water supply, connectivity to enhance tourism, etc and social sector creation infrastructure such as primary and secondary health and education development.

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Ministry of Tourism sanctions 18 North East Development Project

The Ministry of Tourism on December 3, 2019 sanctioned 18 projects under the schemes PRASHAD and Swadesh Darshan. The Ministry has also allocated Rs 1456 crores for the projects.

Highlights

In order to develop the North Eastern region as a tourist destination several projects are being initiated. The Ministry has released television campaigns on private channels in the country and on Doordarshan. Also, numerous television commercials and films are being used as publicity material. The Ministry also organizes International Tourism Mart annually in the North Eastern region. It has also provided complimentary spaces to the North Eastern States to increase their participation in India Pavilion set up by the ministry.

The amount sanctioned will further help in developing the above initiatives. Apart from these, the allocated fund will also be used for development of wildlife circuit, development of Heritage circuit and development of Kamakhya Temple and other important pilgrimage destination in the region.

Significance

Today Tourism contributes to 10% of world GDP. It is also the highest generator of jobs. One in every 12 jobs is generated by the Tourism sector. In India tourism contributes to 6.23% of total GDP and generates 8.78% of total employment.

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