Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the progress towards holistic development of islands. The Union Government had constituted the Islands Development Agency on June 1st, 2017. 26 islands have been listed for holistic development.
Reviewing the work done in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Prime Minister emphasized on the need for developing an integrated tourism-centric ecosystem, in the areas identified for tourism development. He called for expeditious pursuit of energy self-sufficiency in the islands, which could be based on solar energy.
During the review of development work in Lakshadweep, the Prime Minister was apprised of the steps taken to boost Tuna fishing, and the promotion of “Lakshadweep Tuna” as a brand. The Prime Minister appreciated Lakshadweep’s initiatives on cleanliness.
Development of vital infrastructure in both Andaman and Nicobar islands, as well as in Lakshadweep was discussed.
The Prime Minister asked the concerned officials to explore the possibility of seaweed cultivation, and other initiatives which could be of help for the agriculture sector.