DONER constitutes tourism development council
By Our Correspondent, 09/09/2017, Guwahati

Ministry for the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has announced the constitution of a dedicated Tourism Development Council for the North Eastern Region. This was announced at the first of the North East Calling events organised by the DoNER Ministry at the India Gate Lawns in New Delhi today. The North East Tourism Development Council is constituted as a company under section 8 with both private and public sector equity in it to promote tourism within North East and create linkages with the region in sync with the Look East policy. Ministry of DoNER also announced initiatives like North East Venture Fund, a joint initiative of DoNER and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi), to contribute towards entrepreneurship development of the region, and a Science & Technology Intervention programme dedicated for the North East region.

Various MoUs were signed to drive these initiatives, including the one between Yes Bank and North East Tourism Development Council, in the presence of Minister for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Singh said that the North Eastern region has been ignored for more than 60 years and the current government is moving on the fast track to make up for the time lost. He said lot of progress has been made in improving infrastructure in terms of roads, rail and air connectivity to the region. He said that Ministry has gone beyond its mandate and funded infrastructure projects, including connecting Tripura with Bangladesh. Talking about the uniqueness of the region, Dr Singh said that rest of India has lot to learn from the people and the region.

Later speaking to Hospitality Biz,  Gautam Chintey, Adviser-Banking, Industries and Tourism to North Eastern Council, who is spearheading the North East Tourism Development Council said that the primary aim of the Council will be to promote regional tourism. The council will try to establish linkages with private sector tour operators from regional alliances like BIMSTEC, ASEAN, SAARC, etc., he said. The Council is constituted as a non-profit organization where people will contribute for the promotion of tourism without profit. The funds for the Council will be raised from the private industry, the State and Central governments, he said. The plan is to raise at least Rs 100 cr for the promotional activities in the first one year, he said.