Sunday, November 27, 2022

NE progressing under Modi: Governor

Staff Reporter

Nagaland governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said that development in the Northeast had picked up pace since the past eight years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
Addressing the foundation laying ceremony for Durga Mandir in Gautam Basti area, Khatkhati on Sunday, he said the region witnessed major roadblocks to development. However, since the past eight years, Mukhi claimed the region was progressing rapidly, especially with the Centre’s Act East policy.
The governor lamented that previous governments did not pay attention to development of the North Eastern region.
He further pointed out that Assam alone had eight airports now, making it the fifth State in the country with maximum number of airports. He said all big cities in the country were now connected to Assam, while intra-regional connectivity too had improved.
He mentioned that the Northeast had 3% of India’s population, but 9% of railway budget was now being spent in the region and cited how all the North-eastern States were now being connected via railways along with development of national highways.
Prof Mukhi said for the first time after Independence, a cargo ship that started from Patna reached Assam’s Pandu via Bangladesh, while stressing on the importance of water connectivity.
The governor acknowledged poor internet network in the region, but disclosed that an agreement with Bangladesh would be reached shortly to link the region with the international undersea internet cable passing via Chittagong to improve connectivity.
He observed that the region was progressing in startups and agriculture, and exuded confidence Assam, Nagaland and other States of the region would no longer lag behind.
Earlier, Mukhi laid the foundation for Durga Mandir in presence of his wife Prem and Assam Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Dr Numal Momin after offering prayers at the existing temple. Momin also gave a short speech on the occasion.
The dignitaries were received at the venue by Durga Mandir Trust chairman NCR Nair, treasurer KK Paul and treasurer Panesar before being given honorary salute by a Nagaland Police band.
He hoped that the upcoming mandir would be a centre for spirituality and a symbol of unity.
He claimed that historically, even when there was no proper mode of transport and communication, the numerous temples built by “our ancestors” kept the country united from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari. He therefore hoped that the upcoming temple would keep everyone united even now.
Meanwhile, Durga Mandir Trust chairman NCR Nair disclosed that Rs 3 crore would be spent in constructing the mandir, adding that the trust was constituted on January 21, 2021 with the purpose of maintaining and improving local religious customs and beliefs.
He said the managing committee headed by him had put forward the idea of constructing six temples to promote the cause, while land for the mandir was donated by two of its members.
Nair revealed that mandir’s structure would be unique and that it had been carefully designed by an architecture.
Speaking on the occasion, Durga Mandir Trust adviser Michael Timung claimed that the mandir would be one of the best designed in the Northeast and would be completed within two-three years.

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