Road to ‘New India’ will go through ‘New North East’: Rajnath Singh

Guwahati/Shillong, July 11: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the road to “new India” will go through a developed and peaceful “new North East”.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a dream of a ‘New India by 2022′. The dream of a ‘New India’ would be realised with the vision of a ‘new North East’,” he said, addressing the concluding meeting of the 67th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) on Tuesday in Shillong.

Singh said the ‘New North East’ will emerge with better road connectivity and information technology.

“The Northeast needs better road connectivity. The economic potential of the region will be realised with better connectivity, be it national highways or I-ways (information technology),” Singh said.

“If we can provide quality broadband services, the youth of the North East will find employment opportunities closer to their home. It would also stop the migration of local youth to distant areas of the country. The NEC should prepare a roadmap to boost digital connectivity and broadband facility in the region,” he added.

Singh said the ITIs and polytechnic institutes should play a role in skill development. “The NEC should also consider setting up the Regional Institute for Skill Development,” he said.

He also said that each of the North Eastern states is blessed with unique development potential. “We need to identify those specific development areas and chalk out a plan with effective implementation. The implementation should be in a time-bound manner. The North Eastern states need to create a conducive environment for private investments,” he said.

The Union Home Minister also stressed on accelerating the growth of the agriculture sector.

He also suggested the revival of the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited for marketing of agriculture produce.

“I am confident the NEC is going to play an important and vital role in shaping the future of the North Eastern states,” he said.