Northeast high on priority: Dr Jitendra
ITANAGAR (ARUNACH-AL PRADESH), Feb 20 : Union Home Minister Amit Shah said here today that the entire North East including the peripheral-most State of Arunachal Pradesh witnessed incredible development in the last five years, which had not been seen in the earlier several decades. He said, this was because of the focus given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and continuous endeavour by the Modi government.
Amit Shah was, as chief guest, addressing the programme to celebrate the 34th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh.
Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh was the Guest of Honour on the occasion.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig (Retd) B D Mishra, Chief Minister Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu and MoS Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju who is also an MP from Arunachal Pradesh were also present.
Amit Shah categorically brushed aside all speculations and said there was no move by the government to remove Article 371 and assured that Article 371 will continue.
Home Minister said, earlier there used to be incidents of violence and blockades but all this is now gone and we have development projects everywhere. He said, on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, fortnightly visits of Union Ministers were arranged to North East and Prime Minister Modi had himself visited North East more than thirty times.
Referring to statistical figures, Amit Shah mentioned how the budget for North East including the budget for the ministry of DoNER has been increased manifold during the Modi government. He also referred to the State’s first ever Airport coming up at Itanagar and the work on the railway track.
Dr Jitendra Singh later said, all this development had been possible because Northeast is high on priority of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Modi government. He said, this is evident from the fact that while Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has personally visited each state of Northeast multiple times, Home Minister Amit Shah has been regularly visiting different States and resolving several long standing pending issues.
On the occasion, Home Minister also launched a series of new housing, road and other development projects and also released the document on the new industrial policy for the State.