India will develop if N-E develops: Shah


Shillong, Jan 23 (UNI) India, as a whole, will be considered developed only when there is development in the North-East, Union Home Minister Amit Shah observed at the 69th plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) here on Saturday.
“For the development of North-East it is necessary that development reaches the people of each and every religion and language, an exercise which will be attempted through this budget,” said Shah, who is ex-officio chairperson of the Council.

Shah reminded the council that after taking charge as Prime Minister in 2014, NarendraModi had said that if the North-East is to be developed, then the region has to be given priority in all types of development schemes of the government.

He said that the Prime Minister directed that every 15 days, a Central Minister would visit some state in the North-East by turn and Modi has himself visited the region more than 40 times and more than 300 visits have been undertaken by various Ministers of the Central Government, he said, adding that this shows how much priority the Prime Minister has given to the North-East.

The Union Home Minister said that this day is also very important from another point of view.

“Today is the 125th birth anniversary of Subhash Babu. Subhash Chandra Bose’s place is like that of the pole star among the freedom fighters. His struggle in providing independence to the country is unparalleled. Apart from Netaji’s commitment and zest, he mobilized the masses for freedom and played an important role in India’s Independence. The youth of the country will continue to get inspiration for years from the life of Subhash Chandra Bose,” Shah said and called upon the NEC to organize programmes for children, launch various schemes and build memorials in the region in the memory of Subhash Chandra Bose.

Shah said that the NEC has initiated many projects to raise livelihoods in the North-East and launched several projects, which shows how important the role of NEC is.

“There are still many areas which are not developed, so the cabinet has decided that 30 percent of the budget will be used for underdeveloped areas and they will also be developed. If the NEC sets a target by 2022 under ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in consultation with every state, it will be a major achievement. This will also help in attracting investment. To mark the completion of 75 years of Independence in 2022, every state should set a target and try to overcome all the difficulties that come in the way,” he said.

Pointing out that development of any state is not possible by government investment alone he said private sector participation is also very important, adding that there should be an effort to build a prosperous North-East.

“The Government of India is ready for the development of the North-East in every way and the region will play an important role in creating a $ 5 trillion economy. The Aatmanirbhar (self-sufficient) India envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not possible without the North-East, so all states should prepare themselves for this,” the Home Minister underscored.

“The North-East has been embodied with abundant natural beauty in the whole of India; the confluence of different cultures seem to create a wonderful harmony, so this region can emerge as a major center of tourism and it will also lead to development of the Region,” Shah further added.

Stating that the North-East represents the heart of India, the Home Minister said, “We have to take care of it; while undertaking development activities, there is a need to preserve the heritage here. While we have to preserve the natural beauty, at the same time we have to promote its culture.”

He emphasized on protecting and promoting the regional dialects
“The dialects here also need to be protected and they should be augmented and fostered. Modiji says that there should be development but the heritage has to be preserved,” the Union Home Minister said adding that the NEC got its present form after Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister.

“The work of creating such a policy making body and making it more effective was done by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Under his leadership, many works were done for the development of the North-East. Looking closely at the development of the North-East, it will be clear that the work done by Vajpayee for the development of the North-East was very crucial,” he said.

“After Modi became the Prime Minister, the crucial role of NEC was restored and through NEC 11,000 kilometers of long roads have been laid and 7,700 mega watts of power generation was made possible,” he said.

Shah said that the northeast was previously known for insurgency but “today along with peace, good news flows out of the Northeast”.

“By reaching out to small groups, the state governments have done the work of their disbanding. Recently there was an agreement with a Bodo group and after many years of extremism the Bodos have joined the mainstream,” he said adding that the Bru-Reang Agreement was also very important.

Shah said that the Central Government has changed its perspective of the Northeast, so the Northeast will also have to change its perception of how it looks up to the Centre.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said all the states of North-East have successfully fought against Corona, for which 7.75 lakh metric tonnes of food grains were provided to three crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.

The Union Home Minister said that the work of vaccination has started under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it is expected that “soon we will overcome this epidemic”.


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