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‘Northeast has become hotbed of development’: Amit Shah in Manipur

"Earlier, Manipur used to face a shortage of essentials due to regular blockades. But in the last 3 years, we've not seen any bandh," Shah said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 27, 2020 2:29:14 pm
Home Minister Amit Shah in Manipur (Twitter/Manipur BJP)

Home Minister Amit Shah Sunday stresses that the development in the Northeast is among the Modi government’s priorities. The BJP government under Modi has given a new identity to the region which is now experiencing a new thrust in development, Shah said at the inauguration and foundation laying programme of several projects at Hapta Kangjeibung,

Stating that Manipur which was “once a hotbed of Insurgency has now become a hotbed of development,” Shah said, “Northeast was known for separatism and violence. But in the last 6 years, almost all armed groups have laid down arms one after the other. Violence has subsided. I hope that the remainder of the armed groups will shun violence & join the mainstream.” “Earlier, Manipur used to face a shortage of essentials due to regular blockades. But in the last 3 years, we’ve not seen any bandh…I want to felicitate Manipur CM N Biren Singh as he has given a new identity to the state,” Shah added.

The Inner Line Permit (ILP) has been the biggest gift by the Prime Minister to the people of Manipur which they got even without asking for it, the home minister said. “Modiji realised that Manipur is not having the Inner Line Permit when other states surrounding it had it which is injustice to the indigenous people and he found a way”, Shah said. It was a matter of “great satisfaction for us when Manipur got it (ILP) on December 11, 2019”, he added.

The Union Minister will also lay foundation stones for seven major projects, including the Churachandpur Medical College estimated to cost Rs 325 crore, IIIT worth Rs 128 crore, IT SEZ worth Rs 950 crore, and State Government Guest House worth Rs 237.49 crore, among others. Shah is also expected to meet representatives of several civil bodies today.

Earlier in the day, Shah offered prayers at Shaktipeeth Kamakhya temple in Assam. Shah, who is on a three-day visit to the northeast, Saturday set the tone for the BJP’s 2021 Assam election campaign with a swipe against newly-formed political parties, the launch of a raft of educational projects, and outreach to the Vaishnavite community.

The Home Minister laid the foundation stone for a super-speciality medical college being set up at a cost of Rs 755 crore in Guwahati. He also ceremonially launched the construction work of nine law colleges at Diphu, Silchar, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nalbari, Rangia and Raha.

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