The implementation of the evolution of most highlighted Act East policy to take a new turn in the second term of NDA government. After a recent meeting on June 12, 2019 DoNER minister Jitendra Singh had with the Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu, it was disclosed that Japan manifested on investing 13,000 crores on the development of North Eastern Region.
The investment of 205.784 billion Yen will be on various ongoing as well as new projects in the different parts of the region. Some of the important projects in which Japan will collaborate include Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam, Northeast Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project spread over Assam and Meghalaya, Northeast Network Connectivity Improvement Project in Meghalaya, Bio-diversity Conservation and Forest Management Project in Sikkim, Sustainable Forest Management Project in Tripura, Technical Cooperation Project for Sustainable Agriculture & Irrigation in Mizoram, Forest Management Project in Nagaland, etc.
Singh appreciated the Japanese contribution of the development and transformation of the North Eastern Region in the last three or four years. Singh said in the times to come, new areas of collaboration will also seek to be worked out, which could possibly include bamboo-related collaboration. Significantly, it was the Narendra Modi government which amended the 90-year-old Indian Forest Act of 1919 to bring the home-grown bamboo out of its purview, he added.
Significantly, the Japanese investment will contribute to the drastic and fast development of the Region and the Indo- Japanese partnership will be marked as the mutual peace of the two countries.