IMPHAL, MARCH 16, 2018 (DIPR): Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today announced that the Centre will invest Rs 30,000 crore in the next 3 to 4 years to develop National Highways and roads in the State. He said the focus will be also on connecting rural areas through the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today laid foundation stones and inaugurated 11 projects worth Rs 750 crore at Luwangsangbam, Imphal East. He unveiled the plaques marking laying of foundation stone of National Sports University, 1,000 Anganwadi Centres, 19 residential complexes for teachers, doctors and nurses, 25 Sadbhavana Mandaps, improvement of road between Koirengei-Sekmai, eco-tourism at Cheirao Ching and cave tourism project at Khangkhui cave. PM also inaugurated Luwangpokpa Multi Sports complex, Rani Gaidinliu Park, Schedule Tribe Girls Hostel and Nute Bazaar (Women’s Market), Churachandpur.
Addressing the gathering after laying foundation stones and inaugurating various projects, the Prime Minister said that these projects signify that the State is moving towards development. The projects will benefit youths, empower women and improve connectivity of the State. The projects will take the development in the State in a new level, he added.
The Prime Minister drew a loud applause from every corner of the venue as he greeted the large number of people in Meiteilon. Congratulating the BJP-led Government by Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh for completing one year in office, the Prime Minister lauded the State Government for bringing a visible change by preventing corruption, bringing transparency and infrastructure development among others. He also congratulated the general public for supporting the State Government and cooperating in the mission to evolve as a New Manipur.
He also said that the Centre is committed to give training along with every facility to the sportspersons of the country as sports is a full time career. He said that acknowledging the sporting talent of the youths of Manipur, the Centre especially took the decision to construct National Sports University worth Rs 500 crore in the State. He said the Sports University will benefit the sportspersons. As a mission is to make India as a sporting super power the Prime Minister said that the Centre had launched the National programme ‘Khelo India’ to develop sports in the country. Under the programme upto Rs 5 lakh will be invested on selected 1,000 sportspersons of the country. He appealed to the sports loving youths of the State to take maximum benefits of the programme.
PM congratulated Manipur for taking fifth position in the recently concluded Khelo India School Games at New Delhi. He also lauded the other North East states for showing excellent performance in the Khelo India School Games. The Luwangsangbam Multi-sports Complex (first ever multi-sports complex in the State) will not only help sportspersons in training but also in organising tournaments, he added.
Manipur is an example of women empowerment through sports and the women of the State have brought laurels for the country. He said the State has given Mary Kom, Mirabai Chanu, Bombayla Devi Laishram, Sarita Devi and other champions to the country. PM gave his salute to the “great revolutionary and daughter of the nation” Rani Gaidinliu. He said he is privileged to inaugurate a park dedicated in her name.
Stating that the Central Government’s nationwide ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme has elicited nationwide positive result, he said he is happy that the State Government is working to reduce the problems faced by the girls in the hill and tribal areas for their education. The State Government has undertaken construction of a new hostel for girls in tribal areas and he is fortunate to inaugurate one such project, he said.
PM said the all women market in Churachandpur (Nute Bazaar) is envisaged so that women do not face any hardship in selling their product. He requested the State Government to also popularise Government e-market place, a platform from which products can be sold to the Government. Women of the State can get huge benefit from this initiative, he said.
Speaking on the inauguration of 1,000 Anganwadi Centres today, PM said the centre will work as a medium for improving the health of thousands of mothers and their babies. He said they will also benefit from the recently launched National Nutrition Mission on Women’s Day. On laying of the foundation stone for the construction of accommodation for teachers, doctors and nurses at 19 specified locations, PM said it will help in addressing the problems faced by them in remote and far flung areas.
PM said the vision of the Central Government for the North East has been “transformation by transportation”. Stating that Government’s focus is on connectivity, he said work is on progress to connect State’s remote areas by helicopter service and other various road projects.
Modi said that he has always maintained that India’s growth story shall never be completed, until the progress in eastern part is at par with the western part. Stating that North East can be the new engine of India’s growth, he said the Centre is addressing special need of the NE region to enable the growth parity with rest of the country.
He said he has also mandated his Cabinet colleagues to regularly visit the region and give stock of the effective implementation of developmental work. He said till date more than 200 such visits have been taken by the Union Ministers and he himself have visited the North East 25 times in the last 4 years. He said the Central Government has given a huge thrust on improving the infrastructure in the region..
In the last 3 years, on an average Rs 5,300 crore has been spent annually for development of Rail Network in the NE region which is two and half times of an average spending in the previous 5 years. Stating that today 7 out of 8 NE States are connected by Rail Network, projects are going on to connect the remaining State’s capital including Imphal to broad gauge network. One of the highest bridges in the world having height of 141 meters is being built on Jiribam-Imphal new line project, a tunnel of 11.5 kms length on the same route will be another milestone feature of this project, he added.
He said in the beginning of 2014, the State had a total of 1,200 kms declared length of National Highways but in the last 4 years there has been an increase of 38 percent by adding another 416 kms length of road. He announced that the Central Government is going to invest about Rs 30,000 crore for development of National Highways and other important roads in Manipur in the next 3 to 4 years.
Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), the Centre has released more than Rs 1,000 crore in the last 4 years under for Manipur, connecting more than 150 habitations during this period. Centre has also approved a new central sector scheme of North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme which will fill up gap in creation of infrastructure in specified sector, he added.
PM said the Centre has also increased the number of police personnel from the NE region in Delhi Police. 430 candidates, including 136 women candidates from NE have joined the Delhi Police out of which 49 candidates are from Manipur. The Central Government recently sanctioned 10 India Reserve Battalion for NE region which included 2 battalions for Manipur and will directly provide job opportunity to about 2,000 youths of the State, he said.
He also lauded the Chief Minister Shri N. Singh led Government for starting the Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day as a medium of establishing a citizen centric administration and process of regular and structured interactions with the public. He also appreciated the Government for welcoming the ‘Go to the Hills’ initiative of the State Government and lauded the entire Cabinet for visiting hill districts as an initiative to bring the people closer.
He thanked the people of Manipur for cooperating and supporting the State Government and assured that full support will be extended to the State Government to bring more development and concluded his speech in Meiteilon.
Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said the Government is on the path of development in the State and that the public support is further needed to bring more growth and progress. The Jiri road has been completed by the Government in 7 months as promised earlier, he added.
Power Minister Shri Th. Biswajit Singh in his welcome address said that the Government is working to bring development in the State with the full support from the Centre. He said the people of the State acknowledge the support given by the Prime Minister.
During the function, the Prime Minister was presented with traditional ‘Lengyan’ by the Governor Dr Najma Heptulla while the Chief Minister presented Shri Narendra Modi the ‘Kokyet’ and a painting depicting vibrant hill people. The function was attended by MP Rajya Sabha Ksh Bhavananda, MP Rajya Sabha Smt. MC Mary Kom, MP Lok Sabha Shri Prahlad Patel, Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, Minister of State (IC) (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (IC) (Youth Affairs & Sports) Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Speaker Shri Y Khemchand and all the State Cabinet Ministers.