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Shah hopes Manipur insurgents join mainstream soon

Shah hopes Manipur insurgents join mainstream soon
Union home minister Amit Shah attending a reception function in Imphal on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 27 | Publish Date: 12/27/2020 12:25:58 PM IST

Manipur which was once a hotbed of insurgency has now become a hotbed of development, said Union home minister Amit Shah who hoped that insurgent groups will shun violence and return to the mainstream soon. 

The Union home minister visited the state on Sunday was given to a rousing welcome. He was accompanied by Union minister of state for DoNER Dr Jitendra Singh.

During his first visit to the state as a Union home minister, Shah dedicated two projects besides laying foundation stones for seven new projects. He further launched a state-wide rollout of e-office.

Addressing the gathering after the events, Shah said that to bring development in the north-east region was among the Central government’s top priorities. 

He claimed that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a new identity to the north-eastern region and that Manipur had been moving on its path of development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister N Biren Singh. 

Stating that the Modi government has taken several landmark decisions to empower the people of north-east and Manipur, Shah said that Inner Line Permit (ILP) was the biggest gift to the people of the state from the Prime Minister. 

The Union home minister congratulated the people of the state on the implementation of ILP last year and maintained that the dream of the people was fulfilled only because of the Prime Minister’s concern that non-implementation of ILP in Manipur would be unfair to the people of the state and asked the people of the state to be thankful to the Prime Minister.

Shah further lauded state chief minister N Biren Singh for his tireless contribution in making the state bandh and blockade free and bringing the state to the path of development with various policies and projects. 

He appealed to the civil society organisations of the state to include topics of development in their demands as growth in sectors like health, education, among others are key to development of a region.

Reiterating that prosperity and development of north eastern region was the Central government’s top most priority, he said that the laying of foundation stones for various development projects in Imphal on Sunday reflects the Centre’s unwavering commitment towards the people of the state

Projects for which foundation stones were laid today would bring equal development in the state bridging the gap between hill and valley regions, he added. 

He further stated that the IT Special Economic Zone (IT-SEZ), which foundation was also laid today would take the state to a new platform enabling youths to stay connected with different countries without leaving the state. 

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Manipur would also increase by around 4600 crore rupees once the construction of IT-SEZ completes and starts working, he informed.

Shah who also laid the foundation stone of a medical college in Churachandpur district, said that the college would have the capacity to produce 100 doctors every year and they would be able to render their service in different parts of the state. He suggested N Biren to open a forensic science college in the state with affiliation to National Forensic Science University as students from different parts of the northeast could get admission to the college and further assured that the Central government would be ready to give assistance.

In his speech, chief minister N Biren Singh said that the day was memorable as Union home minister, who had played a key role in the implementation of ILP system in the state, visited the state. 

Stating that the government together with the people made different attempts to introduce a mechanism to protect the indigenous population of the state, he said that different bills were passed by state Legislative Assembly on different occasions in this regard. 

Despite all these, people could not fulfil their dream for many years. However, the Central government under the leadership of Narendra Modi, unexpectedly took the decision of enforcing ILPS in the state giving tremendous joy to the people.

Amit Shah had taken a crucial role in making the historic decision possible, he added. 

Acclaiming Shah as a man of action who usually talks less, the chief minister remembered that the Union home minister asked him what was the people’s wish. 

 In his speech, Dr Jitendra Singh said that soon after Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister, he declared that India would not develop until the north east is developed. 

Various developmental activities taken up by the government with chief minister N Biren Singh taking an active role in Manipur was the testimony of what the Prime Minister had said six years back, Dr Jitendra asserted.

Stating that Narendra Modi had visited the northeast more than 40 times in the past six years as a Prime Minister, the Union DoNER minister asserted that it had never happened in the region before. 

The Union minister said that the Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) had been introduced to accelerate development of the North East.

He said that works for the connection of all the northeast states with double gauge railway tracks were underway. 

Stating that a Special Road Development Programme has been introduced to enhance road connectivity, he said and added that efforts were being made to improve inland waterways as well. 

Stating that the NE states managed COVID-19 extremely well, the Union minister said that the region became a role model for the entire country in COVID-19 management. 

Post COVID, the minister said, the region would become a role model for various other sectors as well.

Earlier in the morning, on their arrival at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Amit Shah and Dr Jitendra Singh were received by chief minister N Biren Singh, deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh accompanied by some MLAs and top officials of the state government.

Colourful cultural troupes representing different communities and clad in traditional attires presented cultural items to welcome the Union home minister. 

People of different communities stood in line on the roadside from BirTikendrajit Airport to Hapta Kangjeibung welcomed the visiting dignitaries by waving flags.

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