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Andaman & Nicobar islands are of strategic hub, says General V.K. Singh

A lot of countries have supported Andaman & Nicobar islands in the process of becoming a developed strategic hub

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General V.K. Singh initiates a step towards developing Andaman-Nicobar islands.
General V.K. Singh initiates a step towards developing Andaman-Nicobar islands. IANS
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  • A step has been taken by General V.K Singh to develop Andaman-Nicobar islands
  • Many ASEAN countries showed support on this decision

New Delhi, Dec 11: The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands will be developed as an economic and a strategic hub, Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh (retired) said on Monday.

Speaking at the ‘India-Asean Connectivity Summit’ organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Minister stressed on the need to focus on improving maritime connectivity with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

“There is a strong case for improving maritime connectivity… Both Asean and India are endowed with several islands,” Singh said.

India will cooperate with the 10 Asean countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — to establish a regional maritime transport system, he said.

“…India has taken initiative to build Andaman and Nicobar group of islands as an economic and strategic hub in the Bay of Bengal. Asean is also investing in its own islands.

“…There is scope to unlock the vast potential in cooperation, particularly in tourism, maritime security, disaster management, between us and the Asean,” he said.

Andaman and Nicobar islands are a major strategic centre for Indian armed forces and have the only Tri-service theatre command based in Port Blair.

The summit, which focuses on enhancing connectivity with Asean, comes ahead of the visit of the leaders of the Asean states here in January to mark 25 years of the India-Asean dialogue partnership.

In a historic first, the 10 leaders will collectively be the chief guests at the Republic Day celebrations here in January 2018.(IANS)

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These 10 Islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar chosen for Holistic Development by Government

The newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA) has started the first phase of work regarding the holistic devolopment in 10 chosen islands of Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar

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  • The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development
  • Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep are among those selected in the first IDA meeting
  • The IDA was set-up on June 1 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting

New Delhi, July 24, 2017: The government has chosen ten islands in Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar for their holistic development in the first phase of work being done by newly constituted Island Development Agency (IDA), it was announced on Monday.

Smith, Ross, Aves, Long and Little Andaman in Andaman and Nicobar while Minicoy, Bangaram, Suheli, Cherium and Tinnakara in Lakshadweep are among those selected in the first IDA meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday after detailed consultations with key stakeholders, a Home Ministry statement said.

The IDA was set-up on June 1 following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting.

In the meeting, Rajnath Singh presented the vision for developing India’s maritime economy while preserving the natural eco-system and addressing the security concerns. He also emphasised upon the need for sustainable development of islands with people’s participation.

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NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant made a detailed presentation on the current status and the way forward for holistic development of identified islands.

He said that concept development plans and detailed master plans are being prepared for identified islands with principles of sustainability, people’s participation, eco-system preservation and determination of carrying capacity as the guiding principles.

“Such an exercise is being taken up for the first time in the country,” Amitabh Kant said.

IDA Chairman and former Navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi (retd.), suggested taking up suitable interventions for sustainable implementation of planned projects.

During the meeting, the progress being made for the formulation of integrated master plans and other matters concerning the islands development were reviewed, the statement said.

“It was also decided that Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Administrator of Lakshadweep Islands will be included as members of IDA,” the statement further said, adding with this meeting, the efforts for holistic development of islands of India received a major boost.

Other members of the IDA including the Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Environment Secretary, Tourism Secretary and Tribal Welfare Secretary also participated in the meeting. (IANS)