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28-December -2023

1. Achievements of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region – 2023.

Topic: GS2 – Governance – Government Policies The article outlines MDoNER’s achievements, focusing on infrastructure, startup ecosystem, and economic growth, vital for UPSC aspirants studying regional development.
Context:
  • The article gives an extensive update on the achievements and initiatives of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) in the year 2023.
  • It covers a diverse range of topics, including infrastructure development, special schemes, investment promotion, technology implementation (such as 5G applications), improvements in the startup ecosystem, and efforts to enhance the economic and social landscape of the North Eastern Region (NER) of India.
  • Prime Ministers Development Initiative for North East (PM-DevINE): A central sector scheme with 100% central funding, focusing on infrastructure, social development, livelihood activities, and filling development gaps.
  • Expenditure under 10% Gross Budgetary Support: Ensured that non-exempted Central Ministries/Departments spend at least 10% of their Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) for North Eastern Region (NER).
  • Data Analytics Dashboard: Launched on 12th October 2023, providing data on 112 schemes across 55 Departments and Ministries for data-driven decision-making and centralized monitoring.
  • Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link Project: Inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi and PM Sheikh Hasina on 1st November 2023, fostering strong bilateral ties and improving regional connectivity.
  • 5G Use Cases: Launched 5G applications in collaboration with AMTRON, focusing on healthcare, agriculture, edge computing, and 5G labs, employing AI and IoT.
  • Improved Startup Ecosystem: Established North East Venture Fund (NEVF) supporting 67 startups with an infusion of ₹17 crore, transforming the entrepreneurial landscape.
  • North East BankersConclave 2023: Bringing together stakeholders to address challenges in the banking sector in North-East India.
  • Task Force for Development of Tourism: Constituted on October 2023 to develop strategies and action plans for sustainable tourism in NER.
  • Inter-Ministerial Task Force for Agriculture: Recommendations made to steer the growth of the agriculture sector in NER.
  • Signing of MoUs: MoUs signed with UNDP for technical support on SDGs and with NEHHDC for bilateral exchange and promotion of handicrafts.
  • Advancing North East Portal: Launched to provide knowledge and guidance in the categories of education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
  • Facilitating Trade with NER: Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) constituted to enhance foreign trade, addressing bottlenecks hindering trade and transit.
  • Design Labs for Livelihood Generation: Digital Design Labs set up in Mao, Manipur, and Shillong, Meghalaya, aiming to train local youth in digital skills for gainful employment.

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