Updated: December 16, 2017 4:34:48 pm
Ahead of the Assembly elections in Mizoram and Meghalaya next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing public rallies and inaugurating a slew of development projects in the two northeastern states on Saturday.
The PM inaugurated a hydroelectric project at Aizawl and unveil a plaque for the Shillong-Tura National Highway. He is also addressing a rally in Shillong and is expected to announce the opening of a party office. “This project will improve connectivity and further economic growth,” Modi said on Friday. East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner P S Dkhar told PTI Modi was likely to land at the Upper Shillong helipad around 1 pm.
Modi in Northeast LIVE updates
2.50 pm: There are irregularities in the appointment of teachers, wrong people are being appointed at the behest of Congress MP and MLAs. Today there is a shortage of 1,700 teachers in primary schools of the state, more than 70 per cent of these primary teachers have not be trained. Due to these corrupt practices, the youth of Meghalaya is dejected and depressed due to unemployment for last three decades. who is responsible for this? asks Modi.
2.35 pm: “The BJP’s agenda is development, speedy development, and all-round development,” PM said.
2.30 pm: Tearing into the Congress, Modi said: “See the record corruption in Meghalaya. Why has the Congress Government in Meghalaya committed so many scams. In Meghalaya, there are scams in the meals being given to children. This is unfortunate.”
2.25 pm: “In 2022, the nation will complete 75 years of Independence. This will also be the year when Meghalaya will complete 50 years of its constitution. 75 years of independence, 50 years of constitution and national games. This is an excellent opportunity for state to make new oaths,” says Modi.
2.20 pm: “The Chief Minister of Meghalaya is a doctor but what is the state of the health sector in the state. Why are people not getting proper healthcare. The wave for change, which began with the Assam elections, is now reaching Meghalaya. This state can do wonders. 15 years of Congress rule has ruined Meghalaya,” says Modi.
2.15 pm: Modi said, “During my last visit to Meghalaya in May 2016 I had talked about promotion of tourism in the State. We want to make Meghalaya a top tourist destination. The Government of India has sanctioned around Rs 100 crore for development of tourist destinations in the State.”
2.10 pm: “Moraji Dessai ji ke baad northeast aakar agar kisi PM ne northeast council ki baithak mein hissa lia, toh woh main tha. Pichle saal Shillong mein northeast coucil ki baithak ka maine shubhaarambh kia tha (After Morarji Desai, if any Prime Minister took part in a meeting of North-eastern council, it was me. Last year, I inaugurated the north eastern council meeting in Shillong),” says Modi.
2.05 pm: Northeast ko lekar pehlay ki sarkaron ka kya ravaiyya raha hai, usse aap achi tarah parichit rahein hai. Northeast mein yojnayein atke nahi, bhatke nahi, isliye hi 1972 mein northeast council ka gathan kia gaya tha. Lekin is council ko bhi gambhirta se nahi lia gaya (You are aware of the attitude of the previous governments towards northeast. To avoid delay in policies around northeast, a northeast council had been constituted in 1972. But that was not taken seriously ),” says Modi.
2.00 pm: “The Government of India is executing fifteen New Rail Line projects of nearly 1400 km length. This will cost around Rs 47,000 crore and boost rail infrastructure in the North Eastern Region,” says Modi.
1.55 pm: “2014 mein jab hamari sarkar bani thi toh maine apne mantri mandal ke saathiyon ko spasht nirdesh dedia tha ke har 15 din mein mera koi na koi saathi uttar poorv ka daura zaroor karega. Aur daura bhi aisa nahi ki subah gaye, shaam ko dilli waapas. Hamari sarkar ke mantri jab iss kshetre mein aate hain toh yahan rukte hai yahan ke logon ke saath milte hain. Unki samasyaon aur aavyashaktaon ke baare mein seedhi jaankari lete hain.”
1.48 pm: “It will boost economic activity and establish a direct link between the important towns of the state- Shillong and Tura. Travel time will be significantly reduced. Across the North East the Union Government has sanctioned around four thousand km of National Highways, for an amount of over Rs 32,000 crore,” says Modi.
1.45 pm: “I am so happy to be in Meghalaya. I have fond memories of my visit to this state last year,” says Modi while adding that he was glad “to have inaugurated 261 km long 2-Laning of Shillong-Nongstoin Section of NH 106 and Nongstoin- Rongjeng Section of NH 127-B. “This road will serve as an east-west corridor,” says PM.
1.30 pm: Modi inaugurates the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road in Meghalaya.
1.00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Meghalaya’s Shillong. He will inaugurate the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road.
10.50 am: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav is present in the Meghalaya capital with a host of other BJP leaders in preparation for the rally.
10.44 am: Modi concludes his speech. Jitendra Singh, MoS DoNER, delivers a vote of thanks.
10.42 am: “The Bamboo which is the livelihood for lakhs of people of North East, has been under a very restrictive regulatory regime. Because of this, you cannot transport or sell the Bamboo produced in your own field without the permit,” says Modi adding that his government changed this. “Now, there will be no requirement of any permit or permission for producing, transporting and selling Bamboo and its products produced by farmers in their own fields.”
10.40 am: Mizoram can pledge to make the state carbon-negative by 2022, says Modi.
10.38 am: “The high literacy rate, scenic beauty and availability of large English speaking population in Mizoram make for a perfect blend to develop the State as a model tourist destination.” Modi added that the northeast states could benefit a lot from the tourism sector as it fares well in adventure tourism and cultural tourism in the region.
10.36 am: “We are committed to bring all the State Capitals of North East Region on the Rail map. The Government of India is executing 15 New Rail Line projects of 1, 385 km length, at a cost of over Rs.47,000 crore. The Union Government has been proactively following the ‘Act East Policy’. As a gate-way to South East Asia, Mizoram stands to gain immensely from this. It can emerge as a key transit point for trade with Myanmar and Bangladesh.”
10.34 am: “It is said that the lack of connectivity is one of the biggest hurdles in the path of development of the North Eastern Region. My Government wants to do ‘Transformation by Transportation’ through investment in infrastructure to change the face of the North Eastern Region,” says Modi.
10.32 am: “Vision of New India can be realized only if fruits of development reach all. Government plans to focus on around 115 districts which are relatively backward when evaluated on various indicators. This will benefit backward districts of North Eastern States including Mizoram,” says PM.
10.30 am: Modi added that in the spirit of sabka saath, sabka vikaas every Indian, irrespective of caste, gender, religion, class must have equal opportunities to partake in the new prosperity.
10.27 am: “We are betting on the skills and strengths of India’s youth. We believe in ’empower through enterprise’ – which is creating the right ecosystem for innovation and enterprise to flourish so that our land is home to the next big ideas that can transform humanity,” says PM. “Building a New India by 2022 requires us to work towards the twin goals of increasing economic growth as well as ensuring that the fruits of growth are shared by all.”
10.25 am: “Northeast ko vishesh dhyaan mein rakhte huye DoNER ministry ne Rs 100 crore se ek venture fund bhi banaya hai. Mera Mizoram ke naujawan se aagrah hai ki woh kendra sarkar ki in yojanaon ka zyada se zyada faayda uthaaye,” says Modi. “Yahan ke naujawan start-up ki duniya mein chhaa jaane ka honsla rakhte hain, kshamta rakhte hain. Bharat sarkaar aise naujawaon ki hand holding ke liye pratibadhh hai.”
10.22 am: Modi said his government intends to work towards turning northeastern states into power surplus states so that they can provide power to other states.
10.20 am: Modi said: “The project was first cleared by the Union Government of PM Vajpayee ji, way back in 1998 but got delayed. The completion of this project is a reflection of our commitment to complete ongoing projects and usher in a new era of development in the North Eastern region.” The PM also said the project will boost eco-tourism and provide a source of assured drinking water supply
10.18 am: “Today we gather here to celebrate a significant mile-stone in the history of Mizoram: the completion and dedication of the 60 Mega-Watt Tuirial Hydropower Project. It is the first large hydropower project in Mizoram. It will boost the socio-economic development of the State,” says PM.
10.14 am: Modi said that during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, significant work was done for the development of the Northeast. “We have taken forward this vision and are devoting resources for the progress of the Northeast. My ministerial colleagues are frequently visiting the Northeast,” he added.
10.12 am: “We are working with a vision that in order to share your problems and issues, you won’t have to come to Delhi. Instead, Delhi would come and work for you. We have named a policy on this as well,” says Modi. “There have been over 150 Ministerial visits,” he said while elaborating on the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER).
10.10 am: “My visit to this beautiful state today, brings back fond memories of time spent with the people of Mizoram: PM Modi in Aizwal, also wishes people Merry Christmas & Happy New Year,” says Modi.
10.00 am: PM Modi reaches to inaugurate Tuirial Hydropower Project in Mizoram.
9.45 am: “Giving wings to our Yuva Shakti, DoNER has set up a Rs. 100 crore Northeast Venture Capital Fund. Tomorrow I will be distributing cheques to entrepreneurs from this fund. A spirit of enterprise among the Northeast’s youth augurs well for the empowerment of the region,” Modi tweeted on Friday.
9.40 am: “We see immense potential in the Northeast and are committed to doing everything for the region’s overall progress,” Modi wrote on Twitter on Friday while sharing an infographic on “unprecedented” scale of development for “vibrant north east.”
9.30 am: PM Modi reaches Aizawl. “Looking forward to interacting with the people of Mizoram,” he wrote on Twitter.
9.20 am: Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the PM’s visit. BJP leader Bashai Khongwir said leaders from different parts of Meghalaya will be attending the rally on Saturday.
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