By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR, Feb 23: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has a vital role to play for socio-economic development of rural people, particularly in North East India, Road Transport & Highway and MSME Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told KVIC member (NE in-charge) Duyu Tamo when he called on him in his New Delhi office on Tuesday.
The face of NE region has been undergoing a vast transformation at the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Thus, Budget 2021-22 has increased allocation for NE states to Rs 55,820 crore from Rs 41,764 crore in 2020-21. Moreover, Rs 34,000 crore has been earmarked to build more than 1300-km National Highways in Assam alone in next three years, Tamo quoted the minister as saying.
When Tamo informed him that the KVIC finalized its annual budget for 2021-22 recently, Gadkari said that “you being from Arunachal Pradesh are well aware of the vast untapped potential of khadi and village industries sector in NE region. Thus, KVIC being a central government organization should toe the Modi policy”.
Appreciating the minister for reflecting his sense of belongingness for the NE region, Tamo assured to make all possible efforts through KVIC schemes for bringing a difference in the region. Besides some senior officers, Balasore Lok Sabha member (BJP) Pratap Chandra Sarangi was also present.