NEW DELHI: Development in the north-eastern States led to a decline in terrorism and restored peace, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday.
Shah was addressing at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Karbi Bhawan and the Dimasa Bhawan at Dwarka.
Shah said that the overall development of North East region is the priority of the Government. “The country is proud of its culture and the aim is to take forward North East while preserving its rich cultural identity, along with its development. The development of the region has curbed terrorism and brought peace in the region,” he said.
Shah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given maximum time to the people of North East for their development.
“The North East region lagged behind in development for many years, but the process gained momentum after the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge. The Northeast is now well connected via roads, rail and air,” said Shah.
Shah said that “this change is due to the love and respect for North East in the heart of our Prime Minister.” He added that the practice of Central Ministers visiting the north-eastern States every 15 days has been adopted by the Government, where they see the implementation of the Central schemes on ground.
Speaking about the enhanced fund allocation for North East, Shah said that there has been 258 per cent rise in the funds allocated for the region between the 13th and the 14th Finance Commissions, with amount rising from Rs 87,000 crore to Rs 3,13,375 crore.
He mentioned about various schemes for North East such as the Skill Development Centre, setting up of Medical College and Law College, among others. He further said that DoNER Ministry has started work for setting up of ‘Bamboo Industrial Park’ in Assam.
Emphasising on the rich flora and medicinal value of plants of NE, the Home Minister said that the DoNER Ministry should set up a Research and Development Centre for medicinal plants in these bhawans which will help in exploring the potential of these values.
Shah said that the Karbi Bhawan and the Dimasa Bhawan will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 130 crore and these Bhawans will help in giving an identity to the unique culture of the Karbis and the Dimasas on the world map. He said that with this initiative, a long-pending work which was initiated in 2011, has now been completed.
“These bhawans will help youths from North East to understand the world which will enable them to compete with the world,” Shah said.
Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, MPs & MLAs and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.