New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated several development projects in Manipur on Sunday, 28th December, including the e-office and Thoubal Multipurpose Project (Thoubal Dam) in Imphal through virtual mode. He also laid the foundation stone of seven major development projects, including the Churachandpur Medical College, IT-SEZ at Mantripukhri, Manipur Bhawan in Dwarka, New Delhi, and the Integrated Command and Control Center at Imphal. Union Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh; Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh; Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; and other dignitaries was also present on the occasion, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Speaking on this occasion, Home Minister Shah said the day marks an important milestone in the developmental journey of Manipur started under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Many important projects are being started in a single day, he observed, including a Medical College at Churachandpur, IIIT and IT-SEZ at Mantripukhri, which will serve as a benchmark for the entire north-eastern region. Shah said the State Police Headquarters and Smart City Integrated Center at Imphal will help in advancing ‘smart governance’, and added that the IIIT and IT-SEZ will connect the youth of Manipur with the world. After the creation of IT-SEZ, the GDP of Manipur will increase by Rs. 4,600 crore annually and there will be employment generation for 44,000 people, said the Home Minister, adding that with the establishment of the medical college, the youth of Manipur will come out as doctors and the health system of the state will be strengthened.
HM Amit Shah said under the leadership of PM Modi, the state Chief Minister has steered Manipur out of bandhs and blockades on the path of development, adding that the Prime Minister is committed to the development of the entire North-East and the trust of the people there will never be compromised. Shah said the Chief Minister of Manipur, Biren Singh has done remarkable work in the last 3 years, remarking that there has not been a single shutdown in the last 3 years, and saying this proves that people flourish under the rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). CM Biren Singh has led Manipur on the path of development under the leadership of the Prime Minister and has given a new identity to Manipur, said the Home Minister.
Shah said the entire North-East is very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s heart, and that the Prime Minister says Eastern India and Western India are the two arms of Mother India. Western India has developed, but without the development of Eastern India, India’s development is not possible, the Home Minister said, stating that after 2014, there has been a huge amount of development in the North-East under the leadership of PM Modi. The Home Minister said that the North-East was previously known for separatism and different insurgent movements, but over the past six-and-a-half years many organisations, one after the other, have laid down their arms and the remaining ones too, having faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, will join the mainstream.
The Union Home Minister said the North-East has never received much attention earlier, while PM Modi has specially visited the North-East more than 40 times in the last six-and-a-half years and has visited all the states, which proves the priority Prime Minister Modi accords to the North East. Shah said that Prime Minister Modi knows the heart of the people, adding that the demand for the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for its original residents existed for many years and, on 11 December 2019, the Prime Minister decided that not giving the Inner Line Permit to Manipur would be an injustice to the original inhabitants of the state. The Prime Minister granted Manipur the Inner Line Permit, which Shah said is the biggest achievement of the Central Government since the state of Manipur came into being.
Referring to the Thoubal Multipurpose Project, the Home Minister said the scheme was launched in 2004 during Prime Minister Atal Bihara Vajpayee’s time, but nothing happened till 2014 and the project remained on paper. In 2016, PM Modi restarted it by giving Rs. 462 crore and today this project that will irrigate 35,104 hectares is on the verge of completion, said Home Minister Shah, adding that earlier projects were abandoned after performing ground-breaking ceremonies and work is now being done under the leadership of PM Modi to inaugurate all projects whose foundation stones were laid by previous governments.
The Union Home Minister said that earlier only 6 percent people in the state had access to drinking water, but under the Jal Jeevan Mission, tapped water supply has reached 33 percent households in the last 3 years. There has been an increase of 222 percent in the number of international tourists, which is going to benefit tourism in the times to come, he observed, stating that for a state with a geographic location like Manipur, the startup scheme is very important, adding that in this scheme started by PM Modi, 1,186 youth have begun their startups, which the HM said is a very encouraging sign.
Shah said that as compared to the 14th Finance Commission, there is an increase of 251 percent during the 15th Finance Commission and the Modi Government has raised the allocation to the North-East to Rs. 3,13,375 crore from Rs. 89,168 crore. The Union Home Minister observed that a Sports University is being set up to promote sports in the state. He suggested opening in Manipur affiliated colleges of the National Forensic Science University so that children of North-East can also progress in this field.
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