The gross state domestic product (GSDP) of all the states of the Northeast is characterised by a subdued manufacturing sector. Besides, most of the eight states in the region have little contribution of their own to their revenue receipts. Assam has the highest contribution of less than 30 per cent (2013-14) closely followed by Sikkim, which is a leader in organic farming and tourism. Nagaland, which has a population of just about 20 lakh, has the worst contribution with just 7.1 per cent of the revenue. Arunachal Pradesh contributes 8.8 per cent despite its hydro power potential. In order to develop the region as a destination for investors and tourists government has launched Make in North East initiative.
“Make in Northeast” initiative, inspired by “Make in India” concept, will in the long run seek to promote exclusive Northeast expertise in areas like tea processing, organic farming, food processing, and exploitation of wind power through wind mills, AYUSH, wellness therapies like spas, etc.
The initiative has been taken to inspire countrymen to not just “Look East” but also “Act East”.
The new initiative will begin with a comprehensive tourism plan for the region. Mega circuit and mega destination projects of Tourism Ministry in the area will also be pursued.
One of the important objectives of “Make in Northeast” initiative is not only to generate revenue for Northeast but also to create job opportunities to prevent the exodus of youth which is presently taking place from the region to the rest of the country.