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- Key Interventions
Here you can find the Key Interventions (Campaigns, Events and Other Interventions) related to this State. These can be sorted year wise. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective Key Intervention.
Here you can find Resources (Papers, Publications and Presentations) linked to this State. These can be sorted year wise. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective Resource. Please do acknowledge EQUATIONS when quoting from or using these resources in any manner.
The document “North Eastern Region Vision 2020” of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) and the North Eastern Council (NEC) has noted “Tourism is a sector with a very high potential for generating income and employment. With its moderate climate most of the year, scenic splendour, and robust and varied cultural attractions, the region is ideal for tourism. The focus, however, should be on high-value tourism which will require close collaboration with the private sector hospitality industry, building high-quality infrastructure and well-targeted promotion. Annual music and dance carnivals held in different parts of the North East, with national and international participation, could help attract visitors at these times.”
Policy directives such as this and the Look East policy have made a push for infrastructure led tourism development in this ecologically fragile region also riddled with conflicts and violence economic challenges and a sense of cultural and political alienation and distance from the Indian mainstream.
Many of our recent interventions in this region are issues not specific to any particular state but relate to the North East region as a whole. This pertains to the role of International Financial Organisations and their role in promoting tourism in the North Eastern region. In the Asian Development Bank’s sub-regional SASEC plan, tourism is one of the priority sectors identified. EQUATIONS in 2006, researched a paper on ADB-SASEC tourism plans for the NE and potential impacts, sharing critical perspectives on tourism and increasing awareness on its potential adverse impacts if unregulated. In a workshop “Understanding International Financial Institutions” at Mawlien, Meghalaya in April 2006 in a meeting organised by Intercultural Resources, River Basin Friends, Arunachal Pradesh Citizen’s Rights, CCDD, DICE Foundation, Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action, Peoples’ Movement for Subansiri Valley, Indigenous and Tribal Development Centre, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and Centre for Peace and Development, North-eastern Social Research Center. The meeting was attended by a diverse range of people to share & debate on critical questions and to devise a long-term strategy to respond to developments in the region. Another workshop “Training and Capacity Building Workshops on Tourism in the North east”, Akajan, Assam in November 2006, furthered awareness and advocacy on tourism impacts in the NE. The workshops helped improve the understanding of groups working in the region on tourism, highlight critical issues and improve their local monitoring and research skills. An analysis of Manipur Tourism Policy (2006) was undertaken based on a request from our network partners in Manipur, to help them take mobilising and advocacy work further with the other partners and the state.
In 2008 we were engaged in two campaigns related to the promotion of tourism in the region. A Campaign letter was sent to the Ministry for Development of the North Eastern Region (MDoNER) highlighting our concerns about the proposal of MDoNER of promoting the North-east as a destination for Leave Travel Concession (LTC) travellers. Our concern was based on our observation of the negative fallout of a similar strategy in the Andamans. Similarly a campaign letter questioning the withdrawal of the Inner Line Permit to facilitate tourism was based on the observation and position that in many North Eastern region states the Government at the centre and state level have not addressed long standing human rights violations and the imposition of draconian laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. These we believe are priorities in a region ridden by violence and conflict. A seemingly naïve approach to remove barriers to the promotion of tourism in the region without consideration of its linkages to the complex geo-political situation there is what we question.
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