Here are the key highlights of the Prime Minister’s day-long visit to the northeastern states:
*In a step to further boost telecom connectivity in the region, PM Ways dedicated to the nation 4G mobile towers, of which more than 320 have been completed and around 890 are under construction.
*PM Modi also inaugurated the New Campus of IIM Shillong at Umsawli and Shillong-Diengpasoh Road, which will provide better connectivity to the new Shillong satellite township and decongest Shillong. He also inaugurated four other road projects across Meghalaya, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh.
*PM Modi inaugurated the Spawn Laboratory at Mushroom Development Center in Meghalaya to enhance mushroom spawn production and also provide skill training for farmers and entrepreneurs.
*Besides, an Integrated Beekeeping Development Centre in Meghalaya was inaugurated by the Prime Minister to improve the livelihood of beekeeping farmers through capacity building and technology upgradation.
*Notably, he inaugurated 21 Hindi libraries in Mizoram, Manipur, Tripuraand Assam.
*PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of six road projects across the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura.
*The foundation stone of the Integrated Hospitality and Convention Centre at Tura and Shillong Technology Park Phase -II was also laid on Sunday. The Technology Park Phase -II will have a built-up area of about 1.5 lakh square feet. It will provide new opportunities for professionals and is expected to create more than 3000 jobs, an official statement said.
*Prime Minister Modi on Sunday said that his government during its eight-year tenure has removed all obstacles that came in the way of development of the northeast region.
*Addressing a public meeting on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the NEC, he said that improved air connectivity provided to the region has been helping export of agricultural produce, benefiting farmers.
*Ahead of the FIFA World Cup final in Qatar, he also said, that the NDA government has shown the red card to many obstacles that came in the way of development for the northeast.
*PM Modi also released ‘Golden Footprints’, a commemorative volume chronicling NEC’s contribution towards the development of the northeast over the last 50 years, according to an official statement.
*A short film on NEC’s journey of 50 years was also screened on the occasion, the statement said.
The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the northeast, which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament. However, it was formally inaugurated on November 7, 1972.
(With inputs from agencies)