GUWAHATI, Feb 4: Assam Governor prof Jagdish Mukhi said that the Northeastern part of the country has been a priority area of development for the Central government as the dispensation in the helm of affairs is taking several path breaking initiatives for the development of the region.
Speaking at the diamond jubilee celebration organised jointly by All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (Assam State Board) and Assam Productivity Council in Tinsukia on Saturday, Governor prof Mukhi said, “Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for North-East, PM-DevINE is a real game changer towards development of North East”.
The Governor said that the scheme with its financial outlay has the potential to create infrastructure, support industries, social development projects and create livelihood activities and employment for youth and women.
The Governor said that All India Manufactures’ Organisation (AIMO) has been instrumental in creating an environment for co-operation between the government and industry.
“It has also been promoting and co-coordinating industrial and economic growth in Assam. AIMO is also spearheading industrial growth for the empowerment of the people of the state,” prof Mukhi added.
The Governor further said, “Ever since work on Act East Policy began under the leadership of our Prime Minister in the year 2015, economic development in the Northeast has received a tremendous impetus. The Prime Minister launched the Act East Policy with a vision to promote the economic cooperation, cultural ties and developing a strategic relationship of our country with the ASEAN through continuous engagement at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.”
Prof Mukhi also said that the manufacturing sector has emerged as one of the high growth sectors in India. The ‘Make in India’ campaign has created huge employment and self-employment opportunities for the youth. Under the Make in India campaign work is being done towards making India a Global Manufacturing Hub.
“We want the share of manufacturing in our GDP to go up to 25 per cent in the near future. The day is not far away when India can claim to be the largest manufacturing hub in the world,” the Governor said.
The Governor also expressing his words of appreciation for State Productivity Council said that toeing the line of National Productivity Council, the State Productivity Council was set up to spread the movement productivity at all corners of the state. He said that both organisations – Assam Productivity Council and All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (Assam State Board) have done exceedingly well to promote industrialisation in Assam and achieve higher efficiency and productivity during the last six decades.
“Assam now occupies a prominent place on the industrial map of India. Their 60 years journey to promote industrialisation and productivity in various sectors of the economy is indeed laudable and appreciable,” prof Mukhi added.