New Delhi: Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah, presided over the 34th Statehood Day celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar today. The Home Minister shared that, during the Narendra Modi regime, the developmental budget allocation for the Northeast in the Finance Commission (FC) saw a sharp rise of over 200% during the 14th FC, as compared to the 13th.
In addition, there has been a rise of 24% in union budget allocation, a 65% rise in the DoNER Ministry budget, and 477 new projects worth over Rs. 3,500 crore have become operational in the last 5 years in the Northeast.
Shah also revealed that in a recent decision, 33% of the NEC budget would be allocated for the development of backward villages that are still deprived of facilities like toilets, electricity, roads, LPG, and drinking water. Taking about other developments, the HM said bamboo would be a harbinger of growth in Northeast.
In the last 3 years, Shah said, over Rs. 32,000 crore have been allocated, and 1,200 km of National Highways – out of the sanctioned 3,800 kms – have been completed; 900 km of railway tracks have been converted to broad gauge; Tripura Sundari express started between Agartala and Delhi; 5 km long Bogibeel bridge inaugurated in Assam in 2018; over 2400 km transmission lines have been laid; Doordarshan Arun Prabha channel started; Sports University in Manipur has been opened; Itanagar has been developed as a smart city; first medical college in Arunachal has been opened; and the Northeast Cultural and Information Centre in Delhi was started, among others.
“I want to assure the people of the Northeast, including Arunachalis, that by 2020-21 all the capital cities in the region would be connected by air and road. In the last 5 years, road infrastructure worth over Rs. 50,000 crores has been developed by the Modi Government in Arunachal alone, as compared to Rs. 47,000 crore in the preceding 25 years. Further, the Hollongi airport, which was stuck for the last 12 years, is now being developed to bring Arunachal on the national aviation map,” said Shah.
Watch Home Minister Amit Shah’s full speech at the 34th Statehood Day Function of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar below:
Other dignitaries gracing the occasion included Brig. (Retd) B. D. Mishra, Governor, Arunachal Pradesh; Union Minister of State (MoS) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh; MoS for Youth and Sports Affairs, Kiren Rijiju; Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu; Chairman, NEC, and Finance Minister, Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma; among others.
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