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North Eastern Council prepares tourism roadmap

 Agartala, June 13 (IANS): Regional planning body North Eastern Council (NEC) has prepared a master plan for the development of tourism in India's northeastern region, an official said here on Monday.

"The draft master plan will be discussed in the NEC meeting in New Delhi later this week," NEC director (human resource development) Sherry Lalthangzo said in a statement. "The master plan was prepared as per the 'NER Vision 2020' by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)," she added.

The 'NER Vision 2020' document, announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2009, sought to spur investment, reduce poverty, enhance connectivity and bring the backward northeastern region on par with the rest of the country by 2020. A total of Rs 14 trillion will be required to implement the project.

The two-day 60th NEC meeting in New Delhi will be held from Thursday. It will be attended by the chief ministers, governors and chief secretaries of all the northeastern states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

"Prime minister's advisor Sam Pitroda, who is also the chairman of National Innovation Council, would also make a presentation on the innovation for the northeastern region," the statement added.

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