Shillong: Union DoNER minister B.K. Handique has asked the North East Council (NEC), the nodal agency for socio-economic development of North-East India, to initiate a project for development of plastic parks in the region.
Handique, also the NEC chairman, said India’s plastic consumption of 5kg per capita is one of the lowest in the world, an official release said on Tuesday.
In case of the North-East, the figure is just 1kg per capita, the release quoted Handique as saying during a meeting with the NEC officials in the Meghalaya capital Monday evening.
The minister directed the NEC to assist the ITIs in the region in having a course on plastic technology.
The upcoming Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd at Dibrugarh in Assam will have the potential to create about 500 downstream projects generating about 100,000 jobs in the next two decades.
The NEC should include a project for development of plastic parks in all the states of the region, he said, adding the plastic technology course in ITIs should be designed in such a way that, by 2010-end, the first batch should be ready for training in plastic parks.