Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal exhorts Northeast to help build new India

ITANAGAR: Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal has called upon the people of Arunachal Pradesh and the North-East to join the journey to build a strong, prosperous new India.

Addressing mediapersons at the Regional Ayurveda Research Institute (RARI) here on Wednesday, Sarbananda Sonowal said that the absolute and unwavering commitment shown by the BJP-led Narendra Modi Government for uplift of the North-East has resulted in lasting peace in the region and also its economic resurgence.

The role of Arunachal Pradesh is major to the role of the North-East as the engine of growth in the new India. The Union Minister, along with the officials and citizens of Itanagar, also participated in a Swachata event within the premises of RARI.

Speaking about the achievements of the Modi Government since it came to power in 2014, the Union Minister said that the mantra given by Prime Minister Modi for the overall and holistic development of India and its citizens is ‘Sabka Vikas, Sabka Prayash’.

“In Arunachal Pradesh, more than 2.20 lakh rural households have received tap water connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission. With more than 34,500 houses in Arunachal Pradesh, the PM Awas Yojana has helped people of the State to earn a shelter they can call their home,” he said.

More than 48,000 LPG connections were given under the Ujjwala scheme to the needy people of Arunachal Pradesh. The Government continues to work to make the lives of citizens comfortable and dignified with its welfare programmes, he added.

Highlighting the role of the North-East as the new engine of growth for India, the Union Minister said that connectivity within the North-East has become tremendously efficient in the last eight years. The focused approach to build intra-State and intra-regional connectivity in the North-East and its States has boosted the connectivity in logistics and transport.

He said that schemes like Udan have given wings to the aspirations of the people of the North-East. The maiden commercial flights between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, using the made in India Dornier planes, are a huge step forward in the region.

“The people of Arunachal Pradesh are happy with the access to the huge Indian Railway network when the PM Modi brought the Naharlagun railway station into the railway map of the country by introducing direct trains to Delhi,” he said, adding that the rich diversity of flora in the region can also help tap the huge potential in the Ayush sector.

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