Saturday, April 1, 2023

Shah fiscal advice to CMs of NE states

Financial discipline of North Eastern states is essential to make the Indian economy the second largest in the world, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday.
Addressing the 70th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) here, Shah said insurgency, lack of connectivity and failure of previous governments to focus on the Northeast hampered the region’s development for decades.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government tried to understand the core problems and evolved ways to permanently solve the issues to take the region to the path of development,” he said. During the last eight years of the Modi government, many efforts were made to bring peace to the region, enhance connectivity and give priority to development, he added.
Shah, the chairperson of NEC, asked the chief ministers of the region to ensure financial discipline of their states which, he said, was essential to make the country’s economy the second largest in the world.
“The Indian economy is currently ranked fifth in the world and financial discipline by the North Eastern states is necessary to contribute to making it second in the world,” Shah said at the meeting.
Shah also pointed out three major roadblocks to the development of Noth East. “There have been three major roadblocks to the development of the North East for decades – violence by extremist groups, lack of rail, road and air connectivity and lack of thrust on development of the Northeast by previous governments,” Shah said.
He further claimed that after finding the root cause of all the problems of the North East, the Government of India has made many efforts to solve them.
He also urged the states to make full use of the North East Space Application Centre (NESAC) for flood control, irrigation, tourism, afforestation and agriculture.
All the chief ministers of the region must appoint a nodal officer for NESAC in their respective states so that its maximum and better utilisation can be done, he said. Chief ministers, governors and officials of the eight Northeastern states were present at the meeting that was held at Administrative Staff College in Guwahati.
Shah said that the Centre was giving priority to organic farming, use of digital technology in the field of agriculture and certification of natural products.
The Centre under the leadership of Modi is also committed to flood-free and drug-free Northeast, he said.
He urged the chief ministers to keep the states free from single-use plastics.
Referring to hydropower projects in the region, he said their purpose is not only to generate energy but also can be used in flood prevention.
Shah said the rest of India considers the languages, cultures, cuisines and attires of the Northeast as its heritage, and the Centre was striving to preserve and promote the identities of the region. The prime minister is of the firm belief that the all-round development of the country is possible by taking all the languages of the country together and a provision has been made in the new National Education Policy (NEP) to ensure that primary education is given in the mother tongue only, he said.

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