A two-day ‘21st annual conference of North East Economic Association (NEEA)’ organised by department of Economics, MU under the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in North East Region of India’ was inaugurated at Centenary Hall of Manipur University (MU) on Friday.
Attending the function as chief guest, administrator, MU, Jarnail Singh said that effective implementation and functioning of any government plans require proper knowledge of economics. As per his personal observation, economics, mathematics and physics are the fundamental of any subjects.
Singh further said that conducting such a conference under a relevant theme is the need of the hour. The programme would bring together all the fraternity of academia from various part of country on a common platform, he said. This will help in highlighting and discussing the prospects, issues and challenges surrounding SDGs, he noted.
Singh advised the organisers that ideas, suggestions, findings or solutions that are generated during the conference, which is viable in achieving SDG 2030, should be shared to the authority concerned.
Former member, NER Vision 2020, DoNER, professor N Mohendro Singh, who was among the guests of honour at the occasion, said that all the Northeastern states are encountering lots of challenges in achieving SDG. As such, the states of the region should work really hard to meet the goals set for 2030, he observed.
Concerning the ground reality problems and bottlenecks faced by Northeastern states in achieving the target of SDG, he said that most of the Northeastern states except Assam do not have any organised market. There is not a single wholesale market in Manipur, Mizoram etc. whereas Assam has 226. The status of all Northeastern states lies just a little above pre-industrial era, he stated.
He continued that professional backwardness is another major cause of concern that affects the northeastern states in achieving SDG . The development of the state requires professional efficiency, professional discipline and professional coordination, he said. But despite having extensive quality education, all the northeastern states are yet to utilise such qualities, he added.
Lack of institutional parenting in every government institutions is also another problem that is seriously needed to be dealt with, he added.
He further said that apart from all those problems, issues of militants and drugs are the major problems mainly faced by Manipur.
He expressed that in this crucial juncture, NEEA should act like effective think tanks of the Northeastern states so that all problems could be solved collectively.
Vice chancellor, Bodoland University, professor L Ladu Singh, vice chancellor, Manipur Technical University, professor L Tombi Singh and president NEEA, professor Homeswar Goswami attended as guests of honour and president respectively.Northeast India, North East Economic Association, Sustainable development in Northeast India