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QUESTION NO.1363 ODISHA’S ROLE IN ACT EAST POLICY

September 22, 2020

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1363
TO BE ANSWERED ON 22.09.2020

ODISHA’S ROLE IN ACT EAST POLICY

1363. SHRI SUJEET KUMAR :

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether India’s Act East Policy is a powerful platform to connect to its neighbours and extended neighbours;

(b) whether Eastern India and North-East India have been considered as the gateway to connect to the region, and in doing this somehow Odisha’s potential has not been factored into;

(c) whether Odisha with its civilizational and maritime contacts with the region for several centuries is uniquely placed to contribute to the strengthening of the Act East Policy; and

(d) if so, whether Odisha is a part of the overall Act East framework and whether any assessment has been made on how Odisha can contribute?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (d) India’s Act East Policy focuses on strengthening relations with India’s extended neighbourhood in the Indo-Pacific Region. The Prime Minister articulated India’s vision for a free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific in Singapore in 2018 promoting Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).

The objective of Act East Policy is to promote economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop strategic relationships with countries in the Indo-Pacific region through continuous engagement at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, thereby providing enhanced connectivity in its broadest sense, including political, economic, cultural and people-people relations.

Act East Policy is a major pillar of India's foreign policy with the objective of benefiting all the States of India, especially those in Eastern India and North Eastern India.

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