NEW DELHI, July 13 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances,Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said today that collaborative projects have special significance for regions like Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Northeast, because of the constraints of topography, climatic challenges and geographical issues.
He said, the experience has been that to ensure sustainable development, collaboration with credible private sector institutions, civil society organisations and recognised international agencies helps in overcoming many a difficulties in achieving the desired goals.
Dr Jitendra Singh was speaking after releasing a book highlighting some of the recent successful projects accomplished by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) India Foundation in collaboration with various Government and departmental agencies.
Recalling from the personal experience, Dr Jitendra Singh cited an example from his parliamentary constituency where a Govt High School in village Buddhi in district Kathua had been upgraded with the collaboration of PwC with installation of latest generation computer facility, modern toilet complexes and improvised classrooms, as a result of which, the number of applicants for admission in the particular school had suddenly gone up.
What is more important, it was also noticed that many a students from the private schools had sought admission in this school in the following academic session, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh also referred to the work undertaken by PwC in the aftermath of 2014 floods in Kashmir where a Primary School building in Pulwama was built through a participative model.
While referring to some of the successful collaborative projects in Northeast, Dr Jitendra Singh mentioned the Indian subcontinent’s first – ever Citrus Fruit Park established in Mizoram with the Israel collaboration and the setting up of the first ever Super Speciality Teaching Hospital of Cancer in Assam in tripartite participative model and planned University for Nagaland in bipartite PPP model.
The Minister was informed by the officials of PwC that on similar lines, they were also planning to construct ‘Flood Resilience Shelters’ for the people affected by perennial floods and rainfall in Assam and other parts of Northeast. He was also told that a sustainable ecological and developmental plan was being formulated for Ladakh where promotion of the education sector in the participative model is also envisaged.