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NE becoming major growth engine: PM

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Claims ‘unprecedented peace’ in the region

New Delhi, February 6: North-East India, which remained neglected for years, is now becoming a growth engine and the Centre is working towards the development of the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Parliament on Thursday.
The Prime Minister was replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the Lok Sabha.
“Let us talk about the North-East. For years, the distance became a reason to ignore this region. Things have changed now. The North-East is becoming a growth engine. Great work has been done in so many sectors. Ministers and officials are regularly visiting the region,” Modi said.
“India can no longer wait for problems to remain unsolved. And, rightfully so. That is why our target is- speed and scale, determination and decisiveness, sensitivity and solution,” he added.
Modi said that Delhi, which seemed distant to the people of North-east, in the last five years has stood at their doorstep. Efforts have been taken by the Centre to bring in electricity, rail connectivity, airport and mobile connectivity.
“It is due to the speed of this Government that in the last five years: 37 crore people got bank accounts. 11 crore people got toilets in their homes. 13 crore people got gas connections. Two crore people got their own homes,” said Modi.
The PM also termed the opposition charge that Northeastern states were burning due to the imposition of the Citizenship law and National Register of Citizens (NRC) was false, and claimed that the Northeast actually has ‘unprecedented peace’.
“While the opposition claims that Northeast was burning, in reality, Northeast has unprecedented peace. Blockades have been lifted and the region has become a constructive contributor to India’s success story,” the Prime Minister said in the Rajya Sabha.
Slamming the Congress for repeatedly neglecting the issues of the Northeast because tribals were not a huge part of their vote bank, PM Modi said, “The plight of the Bru refugees was pitiable. Yet, the party which ruled most parts of the Northeast for decades and the party that ruled Tripura for decades did nothing about this problem. It was our government that had the honour of solving this major problem”
Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the representatives of Bru refugees from Mizoram had signed an agreement to put an end to the 25-year-old Bru-Reang refugee crisis. The agreement was signed on January 16 in the presence of Chief Ministers of Mizoram Zoramthanga, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and representatives of Bru tribes.
“Finally the new decade of 2020, has brought a new ray of hope in the life of the Bru-Reang community,” PM Modi had said while speaking on his ‘Mann Ki Baat’radio programme. (Agencies)