Imphal, January 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reiterated the BJP-led Government’s commitment to further spur the development of the Northeast making it the gateway of development of the ‘new India’.
Addressing a massive public rally at Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal, Modi said, “The Northeast which was termed the gateway to country’s Independence by Netaji (Subhas Chandra Bose), the BJP government is striving to make it the new gateway of development of the country.”
The Prime Minister inaugurated eight projects including Integrated Check Post at Moreh and Dolaithabi Barrage Project at Maraori area besides laying foundation for five projects including two flood lighting systems at Khuman Lampak sports complex during a public meeting in Imphal on Friday.
The other newly inaugurated projects are FCI Food storage godown at Sawombung in Imphal East district, Buffer water reservoir at Shirui village in Ukhrul district, Improvement and upgradation of water supply for Churachandpur zone II in Churachandpur district, Eco-tourism complex at Thangal Surung in Kangpokpi district, Integrated Tourist destination at Tupul in Noney district and Water supply scheme at JNV Lambui in Ukhrul district.
Modi who was here for about one and half hour, also laid the foundation for infrastructure development of Dhanamanjuri University in Imphal and Astro turf football field at Langjing Achouba in Imphal West district besides dedicating 400 KV double circuit Silchar-Imphal line before departing to Silchar in Assam to address another public meeting.
Modi slammed the work culture prevailing under the previous government and said that after 2014 his government tracked and expeditiously implemented projects worth ?12 lakh crore which were “lying in a ditch” or “consigned to files”.
He alleged that under the earlier government projects worth Rs 100 crore used to be completed at an escalated cost of Rs 200-250 crore, and this misuse of national wealth made him impatient.
So, Modi said, he developed a system named “Pragati” in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in which pending projects were discussed with officials of the Centre and the state and after removing impediments were speeded up for completion within the given time frame.
He said that after coming to power in 2014 his government tracked and expeditiously implemented projects worth Rs 12 lakh crore which were “lying in a ditch” or “consigned to files”.
“The ‘atke-latke-bhatke’ (pending and forgotten) work culture prevailing during the previous government created a big loss for the country,” Modi claimed.
He claimed that earlier elections used to be won merely by “laying foundation stones” and “cutting ribbons” somewhere, and giving rewards elsewhere.
He said that after assuming power in 2014, he felt “bechain” (impatient) about this and made an attempt to change the work culture.
Modi said he developed a system in the PMO in which pending projects were discussed with officials of the centre and the state and after removing impediments were speeded up for completion within the given time frame.
Governments for the last 30-40 years had kept Manipur far away from the benefits of development, the PM alleged.
“I am happy to be here where unity prevails among diversity”, he said. Manipur has a BJP government since March, 2017.
He lauded the role of women in the state since the freedom movement and also praised the achievements of ace boxer Mary Kom.
The prime minister said the projects which he had inaugurated were expected to improve the lives of the people in the state. “Go to hills and villages of the state. You will find the Manipur government has reached the far-flung areas,” he said.
In the northeastern region, the government has built 2,500 km of national highways and 300 km in Manipur alone in last four years, he said.
“My government’s policy is transformation by transportation. All the state capitals of northeast states will be linked by the railways,” he said.
Chandel district of Manipur is among the top 100 aspirational districts of the country in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he said. (PTI/Agencies)