SHILLONG: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said the development of the Northeast region has been the priority for the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rai is on his maiden visit to the headquarters Directorate General, Assam Rifles on the occasion of the Annual Assam Rifles Commanders’ Conference here on Friday.
During his interaction with the media, the minister said that the Northeast has undergone a revolutionary transformation in the last five years because of the concerted efforts of the Union Government. “The Northeast is today competing both at the national and international levels in different spheres and there has been efforts to bring this region at par with rest of the country in different spheres; be it sports, art and culture, infrastructure, production of essential commodities, education, industrial development among others,” he added. Acknowledging the abundance of natural resources in the region, the minister said that if these huge potential present in the Northeast region are tapped adequately there is scope for setting up of lot of industries in the region. He also said that improved connectivity and infrastructure has removed bottlenecks in the development process, giving boost to the region’s economy and promoting industry.
“The pace at which the development activities have been progressing because of the fast-track thrust by the Union Government, the minister opined that the Northeast will soon become the most unique, developed and preferred destination in the entire country and a region whose development model would be replicated in the rest of the country,” Nityanand Rai said.
Earlier in the day, the minister was given the Ceremonial Guard of Honour by the mixed contingent comprising of male and female soldiers of Assam Rifles. He later paid homage to the martyrs of the force at the Laitkor War Memorial.
The minister also attended the Special Sainik Sammelan comprising of all ranks of Assam Rifles. In his address, he complimented Assam Rifles for playing a pivotal role in guarding the national frontiers and facilitating various Government schemes in the northeeastern States leading to infrastructure development. He lauded the efforts of the Assam Rifles for the selfless service in the like in far flung border areas like Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh and remote areas of Nagaland and Manipur.
He also appreciated the efforts of all Assam Rifles battalions engaged in skill development of the youth leading to employment generation opportunities under Skill India Mission and also towards organising sports related activities like local tournaments and coaching camps for talented youths.
Later in the day the minister also inaugurated the newly constructed OPD wing of Assam Rifles Multi Speciality Hospital at Laitkor (Shillong).
During the Conference, Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan, DG Assam Rifles, briefed the minister about the general security situation in the Northeast, the activities of the force while guarding the Indo-Myanmar border and about counter insurgency operations being undertaken. The DGAR also highlighted various developmental and welfare initiatives taken by Assam Rifles in the region.