New Delhi - The Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy met the Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Civil Aviation office on Wednesday. Both the Union Ministers discussed the ways to collectively take forward the development of Air Connectivity in the North Eastern Region to realize the Prime Minister\u2019s \u2018Act East\u2019 policy.\n\n\n\nPradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Secretary (Additional Charge), Ministry of DoNER, Arvind Singh, Secretary Tourism, Kamala Vardhan Rao, Director General Tourism and ITDC Chairperson and Senior Officials of Ministry of DoNER and Civil Aviation were also present at the meeting.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nJyotiraditya Scindia discussed issues which included expediting the Greenfield airport at Holongi, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, and the all-weather operability of Pakyong Airport, Sikkim. They also reviewed the Krishi- Udaan Scheme and the Sea Plane services. The Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia assured the fast tracking of Greenfield Holongoi Airport at Itanagar for completion by August 2022 in time for \u201cIndia@75\u201d. Jyotiraditya Scindia further added that the fast-tracking and completion of the civil aviation projects in the North Eastern Region (NER) will improve the connectivity within the region and provide a boost to the Tourism Industry.\n\n\n\nThe Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region( DoNER) G Kishan Reddy said \u201cThe relentless efforts of our The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to develop the North Eastern Region and promote the 8 states have been ongoing since the government came to office. We will work for the welfare of the people of the North East and also promote tourism in the region\u201d. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation suggested the constitution of an advisory committee with representation from the Ministries of Civil Aviation, Railways and Road Transport and Highways and Environment and Forest under the chairmanship of the Minister for Tourism, Culture and DoNER for building synergies towards tourism development and to promote all the infrastructure related activities in a holistic way.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nMinister Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia was confident that the pending land acquisition issues with the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim will be resolved soon. Jyotiraditya Scindia further sought the Minister for DoNER\u2019s intervention for early resolution of these issues. He said that \u201cthese issues have already been raised with the 8 North-Eastern States and could subsequently be taken forward through joint Meeting with the Chief Ministers of North Eastern States\u201d. Jyotiraditya Scindia also suggested that smaller cities with fewer passengers could operate helicopters instead of fixed planes as the operational cost of the helicopters is comparatively lesser.\n\n\n\nBoth the Ministries pledged to work in close coordination to promote higher volumes of agro- horticulture products in convergence with other Ministries ie. Agriculture, Food Processing Industries etc, through the Krishi Udaan Scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.