On the occasion of the World Bamboo Day, Development of North Eastern Region Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that the NDA government is planning to promote domestic Bamboo Industry. Addressing seminars, Dr Singh said, bamboo industry is going to play a critical role in shaping the post-COVID economy of India.
He said that North-Eastern Region will be one of the favourite business destinations of India post COVID-19 and Bamboo is going to be the key pillar of the economic activities. He said that many Business Houses are looking at the North Eastern Region to exploit its vast agro-farming resources and this opportunity should not be missed.
Describing Bamboo as a silver lining in the dark clouds of pandemic, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it will help in shaping the economy of North East and entire country in Post COVID era. He said, it will also herald a new momentum for Atmanirbhar Bharat by focussing on “Vocal for Local”.
The Minister said that the sensitivity with which the Modi government views the importance for the promotion of Bamboo is evident from the fact that it has amended the century old Indian Forest Act by taking home grown bamboo out of the purview of the Forest Act. He also welcomed the decision of the Central Government to raise the import duty by 25 percent on raw bamboo items. He said, this will help the domestic bamboo industries like furniture, handicrafts and Agarbatti making in a big way and promote use of bamboo as building material.