NITI Forum for North East was constituted in February 2018, to identify various constraints in the way for accelerated, inclusive but sustainable economic growth in the North East Region of our country and also to recommend suitable interventions for addressing the identified constraints. It is the first ever Regional Forum constituted by NITI Aayog.
The Forum is co-chaired by the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog and Minister of State for M/o Development of North Eastern Region. The North Eastern Council (NEC) works as the Secretariat of the Forum. It has representation from all the NE States and the concerned Central Ministries/Departments. Its members include eminent experts and representatives of reputed institutions of North East, like IIT Guwahati, IIM Shillong, NERIST, RIS, RFRI etc.
The agenda of the NE Forum includes strategies for improving rail, road and air connectivity, tapping the potentials of hydel resources in the region, development of agriculture and allied sectors, and promotion of tourism in the region.
The first meeting of the Forum was held on 10 April 2018 at Agartala, Tripura. The Central Ministries/Departments have been requested to take the necessary actions on the various decisions points of the first meeting and follow up action is being continuously monitored.
The second meeting of the Forum is scheduled to be held in December 2018 in Guwahati, Assam. Key thrust areas identified for the second meeting are tourism, startups, horticulture, bamboo, food processing, connectivity and water resource management.
New Industrial Policy for North Eastern States
To boost industrialization in NE States, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) was implementing North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIP), 2007. The policy ended on 31 March 2017.
A Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of CEO, NITI Aayog to examine and suggest a roadmap for a new industrial policy for the North Eastern and the Himalayan States. The Committee finalized its recommendations after having consultations with the NE States and other stakeholders.
Based upon those recommendations, the DIPP prepared North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) 2017, with a projected outlay of INR 3,000 crore up to March 2020, which was approved by the Cabinet in March, 2018. The NEIDS, 2017 has the provisions to incentivize new industrial units in both the manufacturing and the services sector. Two meetings of NEIDS has been held so far.