Kohima: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has achieved success in its goal of establishing the three Ps of peace, progress, and prosperity in Nagaland.
He claimed that Modi has taken a slew of initiatives to bring the Northeast into India’s mainstream.
Shah said Modi has visited different states of the Northeast more than 51 times in the last 8 years and has also made a very successful effort to connect this region with the mainstream of India by giving big projects of infrastructure to the Northeast, which has brought results as well.
The Union Home Minister said, ” Nagaland is a land of cultures of different types of tribes. Nagaland is one of the world’s 25 most famous biodiversity areas, which endows it with immense tourism potential. Nagaland is also famous all over the world for its citizens, culture, and the equal status given to women here. “
Shah inaugurated five different development works worth Rs. 52 crore in Nagaland on Friday. These include Virtual Reality (VR) laboratories in 42 government higher secondary schools at a cost of about Rs 8 crore, Atal Tinkering Labs built at a cost of Rs 1 crore 80 lakh in nine government higher secondary schools, 12.5 megawatt (MV) sub-station at Chiephobozou at a cost of Rs 14 crore, trekking and base camp at Mount Saramati, Thanamir village and Kiphire and two Lane bridge on Doyang River at a cost of Rs 28 crore near to the Governor’s Camp Lifayan.
Today, five different development projects totaling Rs 52 crore were inaugurated here, according to Shah.
He said that due to the development approach of the Narendra Modi government towards the entire Northeast, all the states of the region are today on the path of development.
Shah said once upon a time the entire North East was facing unrest due to extremist groups, but today Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only given physical connectivity to the entire region but has also connected hearts and bridged the mental distance between the rest of the country and the North East.
He stated that the central government’s allocation of funds to Nagaland has more than quadrupled from 2014 to 2022 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, compared to the previous central government’s allocation from 2004 to 2014.
He said that the 15th Finance Commission has made a provision of Rs. 4,773 crore for Nagaland in 2022–23, while only Rs. 1,283 crore was allocated in 2009–10, and additionally, a special assistance of Rs. 219-crore has been given to Nagaland in 2021–22.
Shah said that the incidents of militancy have come down by 74 percent in 2021 as compared to 2014 in Nagaland, while the number of deaths of security personnel and civilians has reduced by 60 and 84 percent, respectively, which shows that law and order is being maintained in the state.
He said that the Government of India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has initiated the process to gradually remove AFSPA from the state of Nagaland.
The Union Home Minister said that along with the development of infrastructure, the Government of India has also focused on strengthening public facilities. Fifteen national highway projects, covering a length of over 266-km at costing Rs. 4,127 crore, have been inaugurated.
He said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, tap water has been provided to 2.18 lakh families in the inaccessible areas of the state. Apart from this, the government of India is providing health expenses of up to Rs. 5 lakh to over 3 lakh people under the Ayushman Yojana.
Shah said that houses are being provided to 54,636 families under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and of these houses, 15,000 have already been completed.
He said that, along with the entire nation, the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided the two COVID vaccines free of cost to every citizen across difficult areas in the hills and forests of Nagaland. Additionally, the Government of India has also provided five kilogrammes of rice per month to every poor person in Nagaland free of cost, for two and a half years.
Several dignitaries, including the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, were present on the occasion.