It’s a great honour and I felt very privileged to have participated in the first ever Northeast Green Summit. I must thank the organisers as they have been working very positively since the inception of the idea of this Summit.
I am very happy that the theme of the Summit is a ‘Clean, Green Northeast.’ If you look at the map of India, the areas which are marked as ‘green’ mostly fall in the Northeast. If you look at bamboo, for example, 60 per cent of the bamboos are cultivated in the Northeast.
We have the greenery, we have the forest, and we are organic by default. People conserve trees and forests by tradition. We don’t need a forest department to tell what to do. This is something inbuilt in the culture of the Northeast. These are our strengths.
In fact, I have been to the marathon in Shillong last May, where the honourable Prime Minister was also present. The slogan on Swacchata was not on Swacchata Abhiyaan, it was ‘Northeast shows the way’.
I do look forward for the recommendations emerging out of the First Northeast Green Summit. I want to request the organisers to write to us once the event is over and we will follow up on what could be done about the recommendations.
(Mr. Verma is a senior IAS officer and is presently the Secretary of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Govt of India)