In a groundbreaking announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi proclaimed a transformative era for the Northeast, asserting that the ‘double engine’ government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to propel the region into unprecedented progress. Addressing a massive public rally in Guwahati, PM Modi outlined ambitious plans that dwarf the past, underlining the commitment to accelerate development in the region.
The Prime Minister highlighted a staggering commitment, stating that the BJP government plans to inject an equivalent of the previous Congress government’s decade-long infrastructure spending of Rs 12 lakh crore into the Northeast within just one year. This monumental financial pledge signifies a paradigm shift in the scale and pace of development for the region.
PM Modi underscored the impressive strides made under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, citing a fourfold increase in welfare expenditure for the Northeast over the last ten years. Notably, he revealed that the Railway Budget witnessed a remarkable 400 percent surge, signifying an enhanced connectivity agenda. The surge in tourism further showcased the region’s burgeoning appeal on the national stage.
Focusing on healthcare, the Prime Minister showcased the NDA government’s commitment to elevating Assam’s medical infrastructure. He highlighted the expansion of medical colleges from six to twelve since assuming office, positioning Assam as a key hub for cancer treatment in the Northeast. This healthcare metamorphosis underscores the government’s dedication to enhancing the well-being of the region’s residents.
In the realm of socio-economic empowerment, PM Modi lauded the success of the initiative to create ‘Lakhpati Didis’ (women entrepreneurs with annual income of at least one lakh rupees). The Prime Minister announced a remarkable achievement of creating one crore Lakhpati Didis across the country in the past year. Encouraged by this success, the government has set an even more ambitious target of empowering three crore women in the upcoming year. This initiative has not only contributed significantly to the economic landscape nationally but has also positively impacted the lives of countless women in Assam.
As the ‘double engine’ government propels the Northeast into a new era of progress, these announcements signal a resounding commitment to uplift the region across various sectors. The transformative agenda outlined by Prime Minister Modi reflects a visionary approach, ensuring that the Northeastern states are not only equal partners in the nation’s growth but become trailblazers in their own right.