North East

Committed to establishing peace everywhere in NE: Modi

Guwahati, April 28 (UNI): Averring that the NDA dispensation at the centre is working on properly rehabilitating all those who have shunned the part of violence and joined the mainstream in the Northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government was committed to bringing in lasting peace everywhere in the region.

“In last eight years lasting peace has returned to many areas of the region…that is why changes are being made. We have removed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from 23 districts of the region and are also reviewing the situation in Nagaland and Manipur. We will establish peace everywhere in the North East,” Modi said while addressing a mammoth rally at Diphu in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district – his first stopover during a day-long visit to the northeastern state.

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Highlighting his government’s commitment to peace, the Prime Minister said, “Those who have shunned the path of violence and joined the mainstream of the country, our government is working on proper rehabilitation for them”.

Touching on the sensitive inter-state border issue, Modi said, “With the spirit of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, the solution to border-related issues is being sought today. The recent agreement reached between Assam and Meghalaya will encourage others also”.

Modi also exhorted tribal people of the Northeastern Region to be more vocal in marketing their local products globally. “We are promoting products made by the Adivasi and tribal people by making Adivasi museums in various areas. You need to be vocal for local products so that the products get global recognition,” he said at the ‘Peace, Unity and Development Rally’.

Modi said the double engine government and mantra of `Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (with all, development for all) has ensured speedier development of the Northeastern region.

From Diphu, Modi flew to Dibrugarh where he inaugurated seven new cancer hospitals virtually built by the Assam government in collaboration with the Tata Trusts. Addressing a massive gathering, Modi said his government has put a lot of investments to improve the overall health structure of the country.

“Today, seven new cancer hospitals have been inaugurated in Assam. There was a time, even one hospital getting opened up in seven years was a thing to celebrate. Times have changed now. I’ve been told three more cancer hospitals will be ready for your service in a few months,” he said.

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