18 Dec 2022

PM Narendra Modi reached Shillong Amid Tension In Tawang; Participated In Golden Jubilee Celebrations Of North Eastern Council

Shillong: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the northeast on Sunday morning after China's provocative action. He is on a tour of Meghalaya and attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the North Eastern Council in Shillong. Along with him, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Governors and Chief Ministers of all the North Eastern states and other dignitaries were present in the program.
PM Modi addressed the meeting of North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong. The meeting marks the golden jubilee celebration of the North Eastern Council, which was formally inaugurated in 1972.
Hailing the contribution of NEC in the development of the North East region, Prime Minister said that this golden jubilee celebration of the NEC coincides with the ongoing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

8 foundation pillars  for development of NE region 

Underscoring that he often refers to the 8 states of the region as Asht Lakshmi, he said the government should work on  8 foundation pillars  for its development, viz. Peace, Power, Tourism, 5G connectivity, Culture, Natural farming, Sports, Potential.
NE is our gateway to South -East Asia: Prime Minister said that the Northeast is our gateway to South -East Asia and can become a centre for development of the entire region. And to realise this potential of the region, work is going on the projects like Indian-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and Agartala-Akhaura rail project.

‘Act First for Northeast’ 

Prime Minister highlighted that the government has gone beyond the conversion of the ‘Look East’ policy to ‘Act East’, and now its policy is ‘Act Fast for Northeast’ and ‘Act First for Northeast.’ Highlighting the success of peace initiatives in the region, he said that many peace agreements have been signed, inter-state boundary agreements have been done and there has been a marked reduction in instances of extremism.

Northeast can become a powerhouse of hydro-power

Discussing India's commitment towards net zero, Prime Minister said Northeast can become a powerhouse of hydro-power. This will make the states of the region power surplus, help in expansion of industries and generate a large number of jobs.

Tourism circuits are being identified and developed

Discussing the tourism potential of the region, he said that both culture and nature of the region are attracting tourists from across the world. He added that tourism circuits are being identified and developed in the region also. He also discussed sending students from 100 universities to Northeast, which will help bring people of different regions closer. These students can then become ambassadors of the region.

Boost to connectivity

 Talking about boosting connectivity in the region, Prime Minister said that iconic bridge projects which were pending since several decades have now been completed. In last 8 years, number of airports in the region has jumped from 9 to 16, and the numbers of flights have increased from about 900 before 2014 to around 1900. Many North eastern states have come to Railway map for the first time and efforts are being done to expand the waterways also. The length of national highways has increased by 50% since 2014 in the region.
Prime Minister also discussed India's G20 Presidency and said that its meetings would witness people from all over the world coming to the Northeast. This will be an apt opportunity to showcase the nature, culture and potential of the region, he said.

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