The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, has stressed that connectivity is an important element of the governments Act East Policy. In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, he said efforts in this direction include the Agartala-Akhaura rail link between India and Bangladesh, intermodal transport linkages and inland waterways through Bangladesh, Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project and the Trilateral Highway Project connecting the North-East with Myanmar and Thailand.
Under the India-Japan Act East Forum, projects such as roads and bridges and modernisation of hydroelectric power projects have been undertaken. Among other initiatives, assistance has been extended in the form of medicines/medical supplies to ASEAN countries during the pandemic. Scholarships with offer of 1,000 PhD fellowships have been offered at IITs for ASEAN countries participants.India is also implementing Quick Impact Projects in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam to provide development assistance to grassroots level communities in the fields of education, water resources, health, etc., said a release.