PM Has Turned NE States Into ‘Ashtalakshmi’: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

AGARTALA: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the Northeastern region was once known for insurgency, infiltration, blockades, drugs menace and corruption, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ambitious development missions turned the eight States of the region into ‘Ashtalakshmi’. Shah said that the Prime Minister with his growth mission for the Northeastern region developed infrastructure, connectivity and boosted organic farming besides investing crores of rupees.

Addressing a public meeting in Agartala on the completion of four years of the BJP-led Government in Tripura, the Home Minister, without naming the previous Left Front Government, said that earlier there was militancy, infiltration, bandhs and corruption and today, Modi has taken Tripura on the path of a new development era. Shah said that the Government, after several years of uncertainty, has been providing a settlement to 37,000 Reang tribal migrants from Mizoram in Tripura. Also, after an agreement all the cadres of the militant outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura surrendered and joined the mainstream.

“Under the leadership of Chief Minister Deb, the drug menace was curbed in Tripura and the State will be made a new hub of trade and business making it a drugs free state. The double engine Government has increased the per capita income of the people of Tripura to Rs 1.30 lakh in just four years and farmers’ income reached Rs 11,000 per month from Rs 6,500.” He claimed that during the tenure of the erstwhile Left Front Government over 39 BJP workers and functionaries were killed.

To develop the National Highways, Rs 7,000 crore is being invested in Tripura and six express trains have linked the State with many big States of the country, he added. The Home Minister also laid the foundation for the Tripura campus of Gujarat-based National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU), which will be the first such institute in the North-East. Laying the foundation stone for the permanent campus on a 50-acre land at Srinagar in western Tripura’s Anandanagar, Shah said that the institute would be of great benefit to the entire Northeastern region to deal with diverse crimes.

There are two other campuses of the university functioning in New Delhi and Goa. An official of the varsity said that the NFSU under the Home Ministry is the world’s first dedicated university for forensic science and its allied subjects. The Tripura campus would start four courses – B Sc Forensic Science, M Sc Forensic Science, M Sc Cyber Security and M Sc Digital Forensics and Information Security – with an intake capacity of 50 each. Unique programmes like drone forensic, DNA fingerprinting, wildlife forensic, fraud investigation, cyber crime and digital forensic, narcotics analysis, criminology, forensic food investigation, and homeland security related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes would also be introduced on the NFSU’s Tripura campus. The university is planning to invest around Rs 100 crore in the first phase with a total investment of Rs 250 crore to Rs 300 crore in the next five years, the official said. The official said that the NFSU would also provide training to police officers, judges, security officials, bankers and other Government officials. The Union Home Minister, who arrived here on Tuesday to address a public gathering, also offered ‘puja’ at the famous Tripura Sundari Temple in Udaipur, 60 kilometre south of State capital. Shah also inaugurated the silver door of the Kali temple, regarded as the most holy site after Kalighat in Kolkata and Kamakhya temple in Guwahati. Officials said that the door was made of 20 kg silver and Burmese Teak at a cost of Rs 20 lakh. Former Tripura king Dhanya Manikya (1463 to 1515) built the Tripura Sundari Temple in 1501. It is one of the 51 Hindu Shakti Peethas in India.

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