Monday, August 8, 2022

Centre spent Rs 2,65,513 cr on various infra projects in NE from 2014-21: Rai

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said that an amount of Rs 2,65,513 crore has been spent from the year 2014 to March 2021 for the development of various infrastructure projects in the North East region.
Rai said this while addressing a seminar organized by the Assam Rifles on the topic ‘Economic growth is pre-requisite to address deeply rooted insurgencies in the North East’ in Delhi. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the “North East region was neglected because overall development of the country was seen in segments.
The vast potential of this sector will be unleashed by creating modern infrastructure and improving connectivity”. Today, he said national development is being seen with the spirit of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”. Development is now considered synonymous with the unity and integrity of the country, he added.
He said the Prime Minister described the economic development of the region as not only a contributor to the overall development of the nation, but also has seen it as the integration of the region with the rest of the country.
Along with this, he said the decision of the Prime Minister to remove the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA) from some areas of the North East also highlighted the possibilities of huge development in this area.
Rai also said that under the leadership of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, talks with various extremist organizations and meetings with states have brought about a vast improvement in the security situation in the North East and the youth are rapidly joining the mainstream of development.
Rai said that over the decades, the ideology of rebellion has shifted from social issues to political aspirations, hunger for unquestionable power and monetary gains. “The innocent youths of the region got caught in the vicious cycle of pseudo-nationalism and weapons. The economic deprivation and lack of job opportunities coupled with drug menace pulled this generation further into the web of extremism,” he said.


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