India is aspiring to become the number one nation in the world under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, said Union home minister Amit Shah during a public reception at Hapta Kangjeibung in Manipur on December 27.
No part of the nation, especially the Northeast will be left behind in any aspect, in India’s journey to the top spot in the comity of nations, Amit Shah added.
The whole nation witnessed the rise of insurgencies, bandhs, blockades when Congress was ruling in the Northeast states, he said.
“With BJP forming governments in the Northeast, most of the insurgents laid down their guns and returned to the mainstream,” he added. Other groups will also come back to the mainstream, he said.
Problems related to Bru, Reang, Bodo and other communities were settled and most underground outfits have laid down their arms, he pointed out.
“The government will seriously consider the demands of the people and organisations of the region,” he assured.
He appealed to the Manipur government to affiliate a science college with a forensic institute so that people of the region can undergo courses in forensic science.
ILP is biggest gift to Manipur: Amit Shah
A historic decision was taken by the central government to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Manipur to protect the indigenous people, he said.
He said due to the directive of the Prime Minister to all ministers to visit north east regularly many projects were completed.
Previous governments laid the foundation stones and the present government was completing the tasks and inaugurating the projects, he further said.
He also inaugurated several projects, including Thoubal multipurpose project which was constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 1998.99 crore, roads from Bishnupur to Tupul and Thoubal to Kasom Khullen road at an estimated cost of Rs 475.65 crore.
Union minister Amit Shah also launched a state-wide e-office.
Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for Churachandpur Medical College to be built at a cost of Rs 325 crore which was taken up in a tribal dominated district, IIIT Mayangkhang to be built at a cost of Rs 128, IT-SEZ at Mantripukhri to be built at a cost of Rs 950 crore, state government guest house ‘Shanglen’ to be built at a cost of Rs 237.49 crore, state police headquarter building to be built at a cost of Rs 50 crore, Manipur Bhawan at Dwarka, New Delhi to be built at a cost of Rs 167 crore and Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) under smart city Imphal to be built at a cost of Rs 29.5 crore.
“The series of developmental works were undertaken to fulfil the aspirations of the prime minister to equally develop the entire country,” Amit Shah said.
“The PM has visited the region over 40 times which shows the commitment to develop connectivity, infrastructure and ensure peace and development,” he further said.
To improve the region the budget of the Northeast ministry was increased three-fold, Amit Shah further said and added that 33 per cent fund will be used for development of interior areas.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said the people of Manipur will remain indebted to the central government for implementing ILP during the peak of Citizenship Act movement in the country.
He said the Union home minister believes in action rather than giving long speeches.
MoS DoNER Jitendra Singh said the nation was emulating many projects, initiatives taken up in the Northeast states and the best example was the way COVID-19 pandemic was managed.