‘Dev strategy has effect of regional inequalities’
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 15:47
New Delhi: The development strategy being pursued in the country has the effect of widening regional inequalities and the northeastern states are victims of it, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Saturday.

Addressing the National Development Council meeting, Sarkar said the widening regional inequalities are especially apparent with respect to the northeastern region, which continues to remain in a state of abject poverty and deprivation.

"This region suffers from an absence of infrastructure, meagerness of employment opportunities, underdevelopment of educational institutions and a lack of diversification of economic activities. Not surprisingly, it has become an easy prey for secessionist and terrorist groups," he said.

The Chief Minister said the Public-Private-Partnership route favoured by the Planning Commission for initiating investment projects is almost entirely irrelevant in this region, since very few investors are willing to come forward to invest, except with subsidies that are so large that the very rationale of PPP, namely, the need to supplement inadequate state resources by private funds, gets defeated.

"Even when the state governments take the initiative to develop some institutions with their own resources, there is usually a shortage of personnel for running them since very few persons are willing to remain in the North-East, sacrificing careers in the metropolises or in the non- metropolitan heartland of the country," he said.


First Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011, 15:47

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