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Delhi’s focus on removing NE isolation through pro-active Act East Policy: Narendra Modi in Shillong

Describing the Northeast as India’s gateway to South East Asia, the PM asked the states of the region to take full advantage of this.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: May 28, 2016 9:50 am
Narendra modi, Narendra modi Shillong, PM modi Shillong, PM modi meghalaya, Narendra modi meghalaya, north east, PM modi north east, Act East Policy, NE isolation, india news PM Modi was speaking at the 65th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in the Meghalaya capital. (PTI Photo)

The NDA government at the Centre is keen on reducing isolation of the northeastern states through its ambitious Act East Policy for all-round connectivity of the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Shillong on Friday.

Speaking at the 65th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in the Meghalaya capital, his second visit to the Northeast in four days, Modi said: “The government has been focusing on development of the region through its proactive Act East Policy. As part of this policy, we are focusing on reducing isolation of the region by improving all-round connectivity through road, railway, telecom, power and waterways sectors.”

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Describing the Northeast as India’s gateway to Southeast Asia, Modi asked the states to take full advantage of this. “We are opening up both road and railway routes to our neighbouring countries. This should give a boost to economic development of the region,” he said.

“The northeast region is also very important to us for strategic reasons. It is my conviction that we have to bring this region at par with other developed regions of the country,” Modi said. “In the current Budget, more than Rs 30,000 crore has been earmarked for the region.”

Reiterating the Central government’s belief in cooperative and competitive federalism, the Prime Minister said states that were strong and want to grow further need to be given adequate authority and resources, while states that are not so strong need to be given needful assistance. “Based on the report of the Committee of Chief Ministers, we have decided to continue to provide assistance in the ratio of 90:10 for core Central schemes and 80:20 for non-core schemes to the northeastern states,” he said

In 2014, he said, the Centre had created a specialised highways construction agency — the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDC) for the region. This agency is at present implementing 34 projects covering 1,001 km at a total cost of more than Rs. 10,000 crore.

Outlining some recent developments in the Northeast, Modi focussed on two important projects recently commissioned in Assam — Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) and Numaligarh Refinery Limited’s wax unit — and an internet gateway for the region opened in Agartala with Bangladesh’s collaboration. Likewise, Rs 10,000 crore has been invested for power transmission projects, and the Railways has undertaken projects worth Rs 10,000 crore, he said.

“Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya were put up on the railway map. Agartala has been connected with broad-gauge line. We are on way to ensure that all the northeastern states come on the railway map soon,” he said.

Accepting the states’ demand for the NEC’s revamp, Modi said he was also in favour of reorienting and upgrading the Council. “It is important that the NEC introspects and assesses the extent to which it has been able to achieve its objectives in order to meet the growing aspirations of the people. Perhaps, there is a need to re-orient and upgrade the North Eastern Council,” he said.

 

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    IML sood
    May 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm
    This transgender BM always seems to be advising PM without knowing his own status and position.Generally such persons are Aaptard as this party being nautanki party of their master Kujli they are fit there properly.This maroon does not have any brain otherwise PM is explains the plan on which Cenre Govt.will work to uplift NE.
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      Satendra kumar
      May 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm
      The look East policy for northeastern states a huge development and smart policies for this states with rest of Indian States making a gateway to the rest of South East Asian countries for trade commercials economics and other insutional benefits.
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        MyTake
        May 27, 2016 at 7:06 pm
        am can be the economic nerve center of India for its access to the w of North East across borders. Very bright future for am and it is not only India that will benefit - other countries in the region will also have their fare share of benefit forcing all stake holders to become catalyst of peace.
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          MyTake
          May 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm
          One infrastructure is in place in North East development will happen as the other important factor the human resource is also in place to make that happen. Main thrust willlt;br/gt;Come from the people and their leader in the region because they love the place they call home.
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            MyTake
            May 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm
            Rest ured there is nothing for looters in Modi's scheme!
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