The Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah said that overall development of North East region is the priority of the Government. He said that the country is proud of its culture and the aim is to take forward North East while preserving its rich cultural identity, along with its development. The development of the region has curbed terrorism and brought peace in the region. He was addressing at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Karbi Bhawan and Dimasa Bhawan of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Diphu and North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, Haflong, at Dwarka Sector 13, Plot 11 and 12 in New Delhi on August 19.
Shri Amit Shah said that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given maximum time to the people of North East for their development. After 40 years of visit by Shri Morarji Desai, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the North Eastern Council (NEC) meeting in Shillong, as Prime Minister. He added that North East region lagged behind in development for many years, which gained momentum after the Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took charge. The north east is now well connected via roads, rail and air, he said. Shri Amit Shah said that this change is due to the love and respect for North East in the heart of our Prime Minister. He said that the practice of Central Ministers visiting North Eastern states every 15 days has been adopted by the Government, where they see the implementation of Central schemes on ground.
Speaking about the enhanced fund allocation for North east, Shri Shah said that there has been 258 % rise in the funds allocated for North East between 13th and 14th Finance Commissions, with amount rising from Rs 87,000 crore to Rs 3,13,375 crore.
The Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbanada Sonowal, the Assam Finance Minister, Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, MPs & MLAs and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.