NaMo: Focus On Progress, Not Polls

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NaMo: Focus On Progress, Not Polls

North-east infra projects are not election gimmicks – PM

PM Modi says border areas are being treated as first, not last, villages

ITANAGAR, Nov 19 (The CONNECT) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had done the ground breaking for the Donyi Polo Airport -Itanagar in 2019, inaugurated it today!  

Work on the airport has been completed within a short span, despite the challenges due to the pandemic in between. The PM also dedicated 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Station to the nation today.

He also said that the launch of this airport is a resounding reply to the critics who tried to term the foundation stone of the airport as an election gimmick. The Prime Minister urged the political commentators to don a new thinking hat and stop seeing the developments of the state with the prism of political benefits. He supplemented his point by mentioning that the state is neither undergoing elections nor there are any future elections in the state. The priority of the government is the development of the state. 

The Prime Minister noted that in the post-independence period, the Northeast region faced indifference and neglect, but it was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government which gave attention to the region. Vajpayee created a separate ministry for the Northeast. Later, that momentum was lost but after 2014, a new chapter of the development began.

“Earlier, remote border villages were treated as the last village. “Our government worked by considering the villages in the border areas as the first village of the country. This has resulted in making the development of the Northeast a priority for the government,” Modi narrated.

“Be it tourism or trade, telecom or textiles, North East gets top priority”, the Prime Minister continued, “be it drone technology or Krishi UDAAN, be it airport connectivity or port connectivity, the government has set the priority of development on North East. The Prime Minister gave examples of the longest bridge in India, the longest railroad bridge, rail line connectivity and record construction of highways to highlight the development carried out in the region. “This is a new era of expectations and aspirations and today’s programme is a perfect example of the new approach of India”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that Donyi Polo Airport will be the fourth operational airport for Arunachal Pradesh, taking the total airport count in the North-East region to 16. From 1947 to 2014, only 9 airports were built in the North-East. In a short span of the last eight years, 7 airports have been built in the North-East. This rapid development of airports in the region reflects the special emphasis of the Prime Minister on enhancing connectivity in the Northeast. He informed that the number of flights connecting Northeast India has doubled.

Highlighting the infrastructural developments in Arunachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister gave the example of highway construction in remote and inaccessible areas and further added that the central government is going to spend another 50,000 crore rupees in the near future. The Prime Minister underlined the natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and remarked that the state has great potential for tourism. He stressed the need for proper connectivity to remote areas of the state and informed that 85 percent of villages in Arunachal are connected with Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna. With the development of the new airport infrastructure, the Prime Minister informed that it will create huge opportunities in the field of cargo services. As a result, the farmers of the state can now sell their produce to bigger markets. He also informed that the farmers are reaping the benefits of PM Kisan Nidhi in the state.

The Prime Minister recalled the colonial law that barred the people of Arunachal Pradesh from harvesting bamboo and informed of the government’s move to abolish the law. He pointed out that bamboo is part of the lifestyle of the state and its cultivation is helping the people of the region to export bamboo products all over India and the world. “Now you can cultivate, harvest and sell bamboo just like any other crop”, he added.

“The priority of the government is that the poor lead a graceful life”, the Prime Minister remarked. He lamented the efforts of the previous governments in providing education and health in the mountainous regions and said that the present government is providing insurance cover up to 5 lakhs under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme. The Prime Minister also gave examples of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, Model Eklavya Schools and the Arunachal Startup policy. Highlighting the Sowbhagya Yojna, electricity for all scheme that began in 2014, the Prime Minister informed that many villages in Arunachal Pradesh got electricity for the first time after independence.

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