Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that Northeast India, which Netaji called the gateway to India’s independence, is becoming the gateway to fulfilling the dreams of a “new India”.
Addressing a mammoth gathering at Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal East district late this morning, the Prime Minister said that eastern and north eastern parts of the country will be the source of India’s progress, “and this is visible in the growth of the region today”.
Modi also said that he instructs officers and ministers of the Central government to visit the region and serve the people as per their local needs.
Claiming that his government is giving a special focus to the region, Narendra Modi said that he inducted five important faces from the region in key portfolios in his council of ministers. The Prime Minister claimed that the hard work of the government for seven years is visible in the entire Northeast and especially in Manipur.
Connectivity is also a priority in this change and creativity is equally important, he said, and elaborated that the projects of road and infrastructure along with better mobile networks will strengthen connectivity.
The Prime Minister then declared that his government has resolved to ‘Act East’ for the northeast.
He also said God has given so many natural resources, so much potential to this region. “There are so many possibilities for development and tourism here,” Modi added. The Prime Minister also said that work is now being done to realize these possibilities in the northeast. “Northeast is now becoming the gateway to India’s development”, he reiterated.
The Prime Minister then said due to the continuous efforts of the “double engine” government, there is no fire of extremism and insecurity in this region, instead there is light of peace and development.
Hundreds of youth across the Northeast have left arms and joined the mainstream of development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated 13 projects worth around Rs 1850 crores and laid the foundation stone of nine projects worth around Rs 2950 crores in Imphal today.
Addressing a big gathering at Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal East district, Modi said that Manipur is becoming a symbol of a new work culture of change. “These changes are for Manipur’s culture and for their care,” he further said.
Asserting that he had visited the state many times even before becoming the Prime Minister, Modi said he is well aware of the pain of the people. “That is why after 2014, I have brought Delhi – Government of India to your doorstep,” he said.
The Prime Minister then said that Manipur has been a state giving one of the rarest gems for the country. He also said that the youth here and especially the “daughters of Manipur” have made the country proud all over the world. “Today the youth of the country are taking inspiration from the players of Manipur,” he said.
The Prime Minister then said that from a ‘blockade state’, Manipur has become a state giving way to international trade.
He also said this decade of the 21st century is very important for Manipur.
He then lamented the “loss of time in the past”. He added that there is not a single moment to be lost now.
“We also have to maintain stability in Manipur and also take Manipur to new heights of development. And only the double engine government can do this work”, he emphasized.