From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 9: There is a need to open up employment avenues and the benefit of technological advancement in the region, these were the word spoken by Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmugathan at the two days tiol semir on the theme ‘25 Years of Economic Reforms in India and its Impact on North-East India’.
“The youths in the North East speaks and communicate in English exceptiolly well and they can even master technology, hence the youths from the North East deserve employment opportunity,” he said while speaking at the iugural session in the city on Friday.
The Governor further requested the scholars and academicians present to make an impact assessment on the matter, by giving ideas and suggestions.
It may be noted that the workshop is to appraise how much has been achieved in India and the North East from the economic reforms introduced in the year 1991.
P.M. Passah, president of North East India Council for Social Science Research (NEICSSR), while speaking to reporters after the session, said, “One of the important aspects of the economic reforms is to reduce regiol disparities between the north Eastern region and mainland India.”
Observing that a strategy needs to be developed wherein the river Brahmaputra in Assam, can be connected with the Ganga river which flows through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. “We cannot deny that NEI and all other states grow and we could see that growth rate is not less in comparison with other states. However, a lot needs to be done as well as to improve existing structures and the consent of the local people particularly in the tribal areas needs to be considered,” he said.
“If the respective state in the North east region welcomes investment, there is no dearth of it in NEI but all types of investment has to be taken with the consent of the people,” he added. According to him, the North East states fail to utilize funds provided by the Central government on most occasions.