New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched several development projects in Assam on Saturday, 26th December. HM Shah laid the foundation stone of the New Medical College in Guwahati. To be built at a cost of around Rs. 850 crore, this will be the second medical college in Guwahati city. Home Minister Shah also laid the foundation stone of nine law colleges to be built in different parts of Assam. He distributed financial grants to 8,000 Namghars (traditional Vaishnavite monasteries of Assam) under the Assam Darshan programme. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his cabinet colleagues were also present on the occasion, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In his address, Home Minister Amit Shah said that Assam, which was once infamous for its arms and unrest, is today on the path of development led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In eastern India, there were different types of movements and violence, the Home Minister observed, adding that different groups were seen with arms in hand, but today they are all associated with the mainstream and all those youth who were once agitating have joined the development process of Assam and are now working to make Assam the growth engine of India.
The Home Minister said that under the leadership of PM Modi, several efforts have been made for peace including the Bangladesh Agreement and Bru-Reang Agreement. Prime Minister Modi has also struck an agreement with the Bodoland groups, paving the way for resolving the longstanding movement, stated HM Shah, adding that he wanted to congratulate all the Bodo groups and people because they have entered into an agreement by trusting in the leadership of PM Modi. The Home Minister said that the NDA’s resounding victory in the recent Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election symbolises this faith.
The Home Minister said that elections will be held in Assam soon, extremists will soon resurface, approach people with masks on their faces and deceptive appearances, and they will mislead the people. He said, “Today, I have come to ask them what did you give to Assam by agitating? You have only served to kill the youth of Assam.”
The Home Ministry stated that Shah said the culture of Assam is the jewel of the country, noting that Assam is a state with a fondness for culture, language, and music. Bhupen Hazarika is known across India as a symbol of literature and art of not only Assam but the entire North-East, observed the Home Minister, adding, however, that Hazarika did not get any respect. Prime Minister Modi gave Hazrika the Bharat Ratna that contributed to advancing literature and art, said Shah, stating that the Modi Government believes in emphasising the identity, culture, language, and arts of the states because until the culture and languages of the states are not empowered, India can never achieve greatness. Without Assamese literature and art, the literature and art of India are incomplete, said HM Shah.
The Home Minister said that PM Modi has always accorded priority to the development of the North-East. A sum of Rs. 8,000 crore towards gas royalty due to the Government of Assam was pending for years, Shah noted, adding that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself was an MP from here for 18 years but could not solve the issue of royalty. He went on to say that PM Modi did a lot of work for the development of Assam by resolving the issue of royalty even before the present Assam Government was formed.
Home Minister Shah said that PM Modi himself has visited the Northeast 30 times within 6 years and on each visit he gave the people a gift, adding that whether it is Arunachal or Assam, there has been an unprecedented success in ensuring the development of all states, linking the entire North-East with roads, railways, improving air connectivity, and creating growth avenues for the youth.
Home Minister Shah congratulated the Government of Assam for protecting the Rhinoceros, which is the pride of Assam. In the past, poachers were bent upon destroying the pride of Assam encouraged by state patronage, he said, adding that today, the Assam government, working hard, has freed Kaziranga of encroachers.
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