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Imphal, Dec 27: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that Northeast region of India is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s heart.

“Development of northeast region is the mantra (vision) of Modi ji, hence he (Prime Minister) and the central government led by him excelled all-round development of the region — connectivity to infrastructure, development to economic upliftment of all sections of people,” Shah said after laying the foundation stone of various development projects in Manipur.

Addressing the gathering at the Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal, he said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited all the states of the region around 40 times so far. The BJP government led by Modi ji has given a fresh identity to the region”.

After the BJP led NDA government came to power, the northeastern region has given the priority in development.

The Home Minister, who came here from Guwahati on Sunday on a day’s visit, said that previously, Manipur was known for terrorism, blockades, shutdown, agitations, but at present most terrorist outfits have shun their violent activities and joined the mainstream.

“Those extremists remained off the track, they would also do so following efforts of the BJP government,” the central minister observed.

Criticising the Congress, which ruled the northeastern state until 2017, according to Shah failed to solve the numerous problems of Manipur.

“Doing justice for Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given the biggest gift to the people of the state by promulgating the Inner Line Permit into Manipur as the people of the state had been agitating for the ILP for many years,” Shah said.

The ILP was enforced in the entire state of Manipur on December 11, 2019 for the protection of the indigenous people.

The ILP is an official document issued by the concerned state government to allow visit of an Indian citizen into the ILP promulgated areas or state for a stipulated period and for a specific purpose.

The ILP also now in force in three other northeastern states — Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh while various local parties and NGOs are agitating to promulgate the law in Meghalaya.

Shah on his last leg of three-day visit to Assam and Manipur, arrived in Imphal from Guwahati on Sunday afternoon and laid the foundation of seven projects, including a medical college at Churachandpur, inaugurated the Thoubal Dam and dedicate the Bishnupur-Tupul-Thoubal-Kasom Khullen Road, built at a cost of Rs 500 crore.

The Thoubal irrigation project, he inaugurated, would irrigate vast paddy fields and provide potable water in several districts.

He said, the projects unveiled on Sunday would bring ample employment opportunities and boost the GDP of the state immensely.

He also assured that a Forensic Science College would be set up in the state and asked the Chief Minister to initiate the process.

Shah said, the youth of the state have excellent IT skills and Prime Minister Narendra Modi knew about this well.

“To help the youths, the Prime Minister has given importance to surface connectivity to Information Technology.”

He said, during the past three years, the BJP led government in the state has brought unprecedented development and peace in Manipur.

Shah said that Modi had asked the Ministers to visit every 15 days to the northeastern states.

“In the past, people had never seen a central Minister in most villages of the NE states. Helicopter service linked some hill districts with the state capital.”

The Home Minister announced that a Sports University is coming up; besides the Imphal international airport is modernised.

Before leaving for Delhi, Shah held closed door meetings with the leaders and important personalities of some civil society organisations.

Speaking on the occasion, Union DoNER (Development of Northeastern Region) Minister Jitendra Singh said, the days of blockade and chaos are gone in Manipur after BJP came to power.

“Now, Manipur has become a role model for the development. Along with the development, the state is also witnessing communal harmony,” he said and appreciated the northeastern states for good management of the pandemic situation.

Singh also said that the centre is paying special attention to the overall development of the NE region.

Manipur Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders also attended the event.

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