North East Should Create Tourist Circuit To Connect Festivals: Nagalang CM

Nagaland Chief Minister T.R.Zeliang during his speech at the event of “North East Development Summit” gave a clarion call to create a Tourist Circuit for northeast India in order to connect all festivals of the eight states in the region.

“All it requires is the right policy, mixed with a blend of incentives for promoting investment and industrial growth in the northeastern states,” he said, highlighting the importance of creating a Tourist Circuit for the region.

The event which was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind was held at City Convention Centre, Palace Compound in Manipur’s capital Imphal. During his speech Zeliang also voiced confidence in the Act East Policy which has “great potential to strengthen the economy and potential of the northeastern region”.

Terming the three Cs — Commerce, Connectivity and Culture — as important components that could play a major role in transforming the northeast region, Zeliang called for urgent development of road and air connectivity in the region.”I urge the Government of India to be indulgent to our proposals.”

Pinning his confidents on the young and enterprising youth of the region, Zeilang said “all it requires is the right policy, mixed with a blend of incentives for promoting investment and industrial growth in the northeastern states.”

Zeliang said that building economic linkages with the East Asian countries was a way toward achieving this end. “Building economic linkages will help strengthen ties and contribute in the development of northeast India.”

Zeliang said that northeast India was a natural partner in India’s Act East Policy, with the region being a gateway to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

“The policy has the ability to not only end geographical remoteness of the northeastern states but also transform the region by opening doors for Indian goods and services to the resilient ASEAN economies,” he said.

“India’s Act East Policy should aim to achieve better connectivity for the northeast region in all aspects — physically, emotionally and economically.”

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