3 Dec :Six months after the ‘Vision 2020’ for the Northeast was unveiled by PM Manmohan Singh, as many as 17 thematic groups began presentations of their action plans as part of the ambitious programme to pace up socio-economic development in the region.
A galaxy of policy makers, officials and intelligentsia from across the region congregated here as the thematic groups constituted by the North Eastern Council (NEC) for formulating and executing action plans for their respective developmental sectors presented their papers.
NEC secretary Phalguni Rajkumar said, while the execution of some programmes have already begun, the inputs gathered during the two-day conference would be compiled in the action plan.
Officials at the NEC said the Vision 2020 could see an annual investment of over Rs 20,000 crore being pumped into the Northeast for development of different sectors ranging from air connectivity, roads, rail, communication, poverty alleviation, banking, tourism and agriculture.
The thematic groups, comprising officials from their respective Union ministries, would monitor the execution of the plans and regulate the action plan, while the NEC will facilitate the process.