Northeast Development Model’ cited as example: Dr Jitendra
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SHILLONG: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while inaugurating the 69th Plenary Meeting of the North Eastern Council here today, appreciated the crucial role played by the North Eastern Council and the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) for the economic growth of the region.Amit Shah, who arrived here this morning, declared the 69th Plenary Meeting of the North Eastern Council open with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh co-chaired the meeting and delivered the Introductory-cum-Welcome address.The meeting was attended by all the eight Governors of the States of North Eastern region, the Chief Ministers of the North Eastern States, Chief Secretaries and senior officers of North Eastern States, Union Home Secretary, senior Secretaries and officers from different Ministries and Departments of the Central Government.In his address, Amit Shah recalled that when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, he had said in the very beginning that the development of India lies in the development of the Northeast. The region which had been neglected for decades, has witnessed unprecedented peace and development under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added.Amit Shah said, be it natural beauty or rich cultural heritage, Northeast has immense potential to become a big tourism hub of our country. He said, the Modi government is leaving no stone unturned in promoting the Northeast on the world map and bringing progress and prosperity in the region.Amit Shah also noted the crucial role played by the North Eastern Council and the Ministry of DoNER for increasing livelihood opportunities and bringing several development projects to the North Eastern region, which had fuelled the economic growth of the region. He further underlined the priority areas which could increase tourism and investment in the region.The Home Minister also noted the change in the security scenario and unprecedented peace in the region under the Modi government. He said, it is the responsibility of all of us to ensure that peace continues to prevail and the pace of development remains uninterrupted.Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, in his address, said, “Northeast Development Model” is today cited as example all over the country and added that if in last 6 years Northeast had emerged as a development model, in the last 6 months Northeast has emerged as a Corona Management Model for the rest of the country. He noted that many of the North Eastern States remained totally Corona free during the entire period of lockdown and there was never a shortage of facemasks or other equipment in the State.Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that Prime Minister Modi had once referred to “North East” as “NE” and described it as “New Engine”. He said, in the post-COVID era, North East is truly going to play a leading role as the New Engine of Modi’s New India.Dr. Jitendra also noted that in the 49 year old history of the North Eastern Council, this was for the first time that any Union Home Minister was visiting the North Eastern Council headquarter at Shillong. Dr. Singh recalled that in over the last six years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the North Eastern region as many as 40 times while it was Amit Shah on whose intervention 30% of the budget of the North Eastern Council has been exclusively earmarked for the development of neglected areas and deprived sections of society.
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