Meet Deliberates On Look East Policy

Local community clearing the path for a road.

IMPHAL, Mar 4 : Taking due note of the crucial site occupied by Manipur in the overall design of the Government of India’s Look  East Policy (LEP), a public seminar was organized today at H Kotlenphai village, Chandel on LEP and its possible impacts under the aegis of the Kuki NGOs Network, Chandel district.

Speaking at the seminar, MLA Thangkholun Haokip said that he had written to the relevant Ministry to make New Somtal area of Chandel district the ‘border heart’.

Addressing the workshop as a resource person, EXIM OSD L Dwijamani said that the LEP initiated during the NDA regime is being pursued actively by the incumbent UPA Government.

The policy is a direct result of the understanding reached between India and ASEAN countries to enhance cross-border trade and other commercial activities among these Nations. The policy also envisages a grand design to bring regional integration by way of enhancing road and rail connectivity and communications among the ASEAN countries and India.

As Manipur occupies a very crucial site in the Government of India’s LEP, it is imperative for the people of Manipur to study in advance about the benefits that may reaped this policy as well as the impacts it would produce on the State and her people, Dwijamani said.

Kuki Development Council Demand Committee Manipur secretary general Thongkhohao Haokip said that it’s time to include New Somtal in the tourism map of Manipur and the world.

He exuded that Manipur can be an economically self-reliant state if the natural tourist spots of the State can be developed properly by creating an environmental friendly atmosphere.

He emphasized on the need to develop tourist spots in view of the Look East Policy.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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