High level state BJP delegation calls on Gadkari

High level state BJP delegation calls on Gadkari
State BJP delegation along with others call on Gadkari. (DCMO)
DIMAPUR, JUL 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/16/2018 12:39:03 AM IST
A high-level delegation led by deputy chief minister Y Patton and comprising of Nagaland BJP president and Higher & Technical Education minister, Temjen Imna Along and advisers- Pukhayi Sema and Longriniken called on Union Road Transport & Highways minister Nitin Gadkari at his private residence in Nagpur, Maharashtra on July 13.
While apprising Gadkari of the various national highway projects in Nagaland, the delegation also sought additional new highway projects for the State. Patton, who also holds the home and national highways portfolios, thanked Gadkari for taking special care of Nagaland and approving some mega projects, while many were in the pipeline. 
Meanwhile, the delegation also attended a press meet organised jointly by Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) and Nagpur Press Club (NPC). 
Speaking on the occasion, Patton invited entrepreneurs of Maharashtra to invest in Nagaland. He explained that Nagaland was now a very peaceful State and that people in rest of the country should not harbour any misconception about safety and security.   
“We are committed to create an atmosphere conducive for industrial growth keeping in view the natural resources and socio-economic condition of the State. Investment will help our economic growth, besides generating employment opportunities for youth in private sectors,” he added.
Emphasising that Nagaland offered excellent policies and fiscal investments for agro and forest-based industries, horticulture, food processing, mining, tourism, handloom and handicraft sectors, Patton reiterated that the PDA government was committed to overall development of Nagaland.
He told the media fraternity that the present government in Nagaland was promoting tourism on a large scale with emphasis on promotion of cultural heritage of Nagaland. 
Highlighting the 10-day Hornbill Festival held in December every year, the minister explained that the festival not only showcased the rich cultural heritage of different Naga tribes, but was also a platform for other North-eastern States to showcase their cultural heritage before the world as it attracted thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. He also enlightened the gathering about the success story of Amur Falcon protection and how Nagaland had become the Amur Falcon capital of the world.
Also addressing the press meet, Along said Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan was helping in improving higher education in Nagaland. He asserted that the State Government was committed in improving the quality of higher education. 
On behalf of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and people of Nagaland, the higher & technical education minister also thanked the Government of Maharashtra and people of the State for their hospitability and for being accommodative to the people of Northeast, particularly the Naga people. 
He added that many young Naga students and entrepreneurs were living in Maharashtra without any fear of being discriminated against, and that this had helped them acquire quality education and get good job placements, thereby promoting a feeling of brotherhood with “Maharashtrian brothers and sisters”.
The visiting team also attended the inauguration programme of the headquarters of Rashtrapita Jyotiba Phule Abhyasika Movement (RJPA) at Nagpur. 
Started in 2012, RJPA now has 40 coaching centres spread across 10 districts and has helped many rural and poor students to qualify in various competitive exams, including those conducted by Union Public Service Commission. 
Addressing the inaugural programme, Patton and Along appreciated the efforts of RJPA at improving the social-economic condition of the rural poor, while also extending their best wishes to the students.
IGP (HQs) Sandeep Tamgadge, who is a native of Nagpur, accompanied the delegation. This was stated in a press release issued by media cell of deputy chief minister’s office.

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