New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review steps for the development of India’s islands.
A government statement said he was given a presentation on a proposed plan for the “holistic development” of islands by officials of the home ministry, with inputs from the Niti Aayog.
Of India’s 1,382 islands, 26 have been shortlisted for development.
The Niti Aayog in an earlier presentation made to the prime minister said it had formed five inter-ministerial groups to identify these islands.
Developmental activities, the presentation revealed, would primarily revolve around “basic infrastructure, tourism, agriculture (including organic agriculture and fisheries), and carbon-neutral energy generation”.
Stressing on the strategic importance of India’s islands and the potential for tourism in these areas, the prime minster urged officials to get working on the plans, while adding that solar energy should be used extensively in this exercise.
The plan, though, is likely to irk environmentalists who have long argued that islands with tribal populations should be left undisturbed for ecological as well as social reasons.