India hopeful of getting transit with Bangladesh: Aiyar

New Delhi, Jan 28 India is hopeful of resolvinig the problems of transit and access in North East after the taking over of a new government in Bangladesh headed by Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said today.

"As the new government in Bangladesh has won with a landslide victory, we hope some of these problems of transit, trade and access will be substantially resolved,"Aiyar, Minister Development of North- Eastern Region (DONER), said.

" That will alter the whole scenario of economic development in the North-East,"he added while inaugurating the 6th North East Trade Expo-2009 today organized jointly by DONER and National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC).

The 11-day exhibition ( From January 27 to February 6) is showcasing products like handicraft, cane and bamboo materials, floriculture and agro processing items from all the eight states of North-East.

Emphasizing the central government&aposs seriousness for ushering in a new era of development in the North Eastern states, the minister said the central government plans to spend Rs 14 lakh crore in public sector in these states to bring North East at par with rest of India.

To a poser whether the central government gives more attention to Kashmir than North East, the minister quipped"had it been so, I would have been made the minister for Kashmir.