DoNER minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said that Bamboo sector will propel the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan in the Northeast.
“It is going to be an important vehicle of trade not only for India but also for the entire subcontinent,” said Singh.
Singh said this after a review meeting through video conference, in which senior officers from the DONER and North Eastern Council (NEC) Shillong participated.
The Minister said that Bamboo is not only vital to India’s Post- COVID economy but it will also herald a new momentum for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call of “Vocal for Local”.
He said that the sensitivity with which the Modi government views the importance of the promotion of Bamboo is evident from the fact that even during the lockdown period, Ministry of Home Affairs allowed limited activities in different sectors, allowed the functioning of bamboo related activities like planting, process etc.
Dr Singh took great satisfaction in the fact that MDoNER achieved 100 percent work output even during the Corona crisis, as it was probably the first Ministry to implement cent percent e-office functioning much before the pandemic hit India.
He also congratulated the team DoNER for achieving 100 percent expenditure during 2019-20 and appreciated the efforts of the Ministry for helping NE States in developing Infrastructure for fighting COVID-19 and playing a coordinating role between NE States and various Central Ministries, in various issues which required interventions by Central Ministries.
The Minister was also apprised of the role played by North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) in promoting start-ups in the North Eastern Region in a very innovative manner by promoting local talent.
It has also encouraged local entrepreneurship by providing venture funds to the prospective entrepreneurs especially in the MSME sectors and facilitated investment; domestic as well as foreign by friendly countries, in the region.