New Delhi: The Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that overall development of North East region is the priority of the Government. He said that the country is proud of its culture and the aim is to take forward North East while preserving its rich cultural identity, along with its development. The development of the region has curbed terrorism and brought peace in the region. He was addressing at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Karbi Bhawan and Dimasa Bhawan of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Diphu and North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, Haflong, at Dwarka.
Amit Shah said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given maximum time to the people of North East for their development. After 40 years of visit by Morarji Desai, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the North Eastern Council meeting in Shillong, as Prime Minister. He added that North East region lagged behind in development for many years, which gained momentum after the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge. The north east is now well connected via roads, rail and air, he said. Amit Shah said that this change is due to the love and respect for North East in the heart of our Prime Minister. He said that the practice of Central Ministers visiting North Eastern states every 15 days has been adopted by the Government, where they see the implementation of Central schemes on ground.
Speaking about the enhanced fund allocation for North east, Shah said that there has been 258 % rise in the funds allocated for North East between 13th and 14th Finance Commissions, with amount rising from Rs 87,000 crore to Rs 3,13,375 crore. He mentioned about various schemes for North east such as Skill Development centre, setting up of Medical College and Law College, among others. He further said that DoNER Ministry has started work for setting up of ‘Bamboo Industrial Park’ in Assam.
Speaking about the Karbi Bhawan and Dimaa Bhawan, Shah said that these two bhawans will be constructed with a cost of Rs 130 crore and they will give an identity to their unique culture on the world map. He said that with this initiative, a long pending work which was initiated in the year 2011, has now been completed.The Union Home Minister said that this is the responsibility of the Government to take the development schemes to the tribal population of the country.
Dr Jitendra Singh congratulated the people of North East on the occasion. He said that the work which has been pending for years, has now been completed with the foundation stone laying by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah today.
The Chief Minister of Assam Sarbanada Sonowal, the Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, MPs and MLAs and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.