SHILLONG, July 03: Union Minister of State (MoS) for Development of North Eastern Region(DoNER) (Independent charge), Dr Jitendra Singh has reiterated the Central government’s commitment towards the development of the North East region.
In his speech during the last of the four – day Behdeinkhlam festival which was held at Aitnar – a sacred pool, in Jowai, Dr. Singh said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only confined to the development of the region, but also to the cultural and social growth of the region.
Singh, who became the first Union Minister to attend the festival, which concluded on Tuesday, asserted that he represents the goal of rectifying and improving cultural dimensions.
The Minister also expressed his satisfaction not only of the law and order situation but also on the development in the region.
Later while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Behdeinkhlam festival, Singh said there has been a “sea-change” in the North East in comparison to what it was 4-5 years ago.
He said the people of Northeast are extremely satisfied and looking forward to the Prime Minister as someone who will actually deliver in the manner which was not happening earlier.
Reiterating the motto of the government of service at the doorstep, the minister said “The DoNER ministry has started the process of having a rotational camp secretariat in the eight states of the northeast so that the confidence can be built up among the people of the region for the ministry and that people do not have to travel all the way to Delhi or the DoNER’s headquarter for any assistance”.
It was during this Government, Dr. Singh said, that Meghalaya saw its first-ever train and got included in the rail map of India. “Not only this, in the last four years, the law & order and security situation has considerably improved towards normalcy and now, the picturesque locales of Meghalaya are flooded with tourists,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President, Seinraij Jowai, OR Challam thanked Dr . Singh for attending the four-day festival which has very strong, emotional, sentimental, cultural and spiritual importance for the people living in this area.
Dr. Singh also made time to meet the local people around the Festival field.