Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday alleged that the north-east area has suffered from “geographical isolation, political instability and imbalanced growth” for 70 years as a result of earlier “Congress governments’ intentional ploys to divide and rule”.
He additionally claimed that a number of conflicts within the area that lasted for 70 years have been “resolved” in 9 years of the BJP-led NDA authorities on the Centre.
“Be it the Bodo, Karbi battle in Assam; the problems of Brus in Mizoram or the NLFT insurgency in Tripura, many such discords have been extinguished beneath management of Hon PM,” Mr Sarma stated on Twitter.
“The relentless concentrate on connectivity is just not restricted to constructing bodily linkages however successful the religion of the folks by cementing emotional linkages,” the chief minister stated in a sequence of tweets.
Mr Sarma additionally stated PM Modi visited the north-east area “60 occasions and his council of ministers 400 occasions” within the final 9 years.
“No Central Authorities, since 1947, has invested a lot political capital in a area, the place some states ship only one MP to the Lok Sabha”, he wrote on the microblogging web site.
“For 70 years, North East suffered from geographical isolation, political instability and imbalanced growth, intentional ploys to divide and rule by Cong govts,” he alleged.
He additionally referred to Union Residence Minister Amit Shah’s go to to the border village of Kibithoo in Arunachal Pradesh in April, the place he launched the ‘Vibrant Village’ programme.
“In 2023, for the primary time a Union HM (Residence Minister) stayed in a single day in an Arunachal city near China border and spent an evening in Nagaland,” Mr Sarma stated.
Throughout the present NDA rule, the “tradition of flying visits has ended and so has the tradition of NE leaders travelling to Delhi asking for funds”, he claimed.
“Since 2014, Rs 3.64 lakh crore has been spent on the area beneath the Gross Budgetary Assist Scheme of the Union Finances”, he stated.
Mr Sarma, the convenor of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance, asserted that boundary points among the many states within the area are “nearing amicable decision”.
“Not simply insurgency, we had infighting. Advert hoc formation of northeastern states by the Congress meant states have been combating with states on boundary points for 50 years or extra. Most such issues involving Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya & Nagaland are nearing amicable decision,” he stated.
Over the past 9 years, there was a “74 per cent discount in insurgency” and an “89 per cent drop” in civilian deaths within the north-east, he claimed.
”Geographical software of AFSPA (The Armed Forces Particular Powers Act ) has been enormously diminished, not as a consequence of a cottage business agitating in opposition to it however as a consequence of an improved safety local weather’,” he stated.
From 1947 to 2014, expenditure on infrastructure tasks within the North East was Rs 2 lakh crore however from 2014 until date, this determine stands at Rs 7 lakh crore, Mr Sarma claimed.
The nationwide freeway community has expanded 86 per cent within the final 9 years, the allocation for rail growth within the area has elevated by 263 per cent and for the primary time sever, all seven sister states shall be related by a typical rail community with 2000 km of tracks both being laid or upgraded at a value of Rs 75,000 crore, he stated.
There has additionally been a “90 per cent enhance in airports within the north-east which has “made our area the quickest rising air site visitors zone within the nation”, he stated, including that, “20 of our rivers are actually a part of Nationwide Waterways, a Rs 9,000-crore fuel pipeline will join us to the nation’s fuel grid and months inside its launch, we’re on the 5G map”.
The largest proof of the “holistic transformation” of connectivity within the north-east is that for 2 consecutive occasions, seven states within the area have voted for the NDA in meeting and parliamentary elections, he stated.
“Empty vessels make extra noise however motion speaks louder than phrases”, the Assam chief minister added.
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