Prime Minister Modi on the occasion released “Golden Footprints”, a commemorative volume chronicling NEC’s contribution to the development of the northeast over the past 50 years, according to an official statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Shillong on Sunday morning, attended the North East Council’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at the State Convention Center here, along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and several other ministers and dignitaries.
Modi, on the occasion, released “Golden Footprints”, a commemorative volume chronicling NEC’s contribution to the development of the northeast over the past 50 years, according to an official statement.
A short film about NEC’s 50-year journey was also screened on the occasion, according to the statement.
Besides the Prime Minister, Shah and G Kishan Reddy, the Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of the North East Region (DoNER), addressed the session.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Narendra Modi government had established peace in the northeast, which was once a region plagued by militancy.
Shah said the prime minister has visited the region more than 50 times over the past eight years and outlined the roadmap for the region’s progress.
“The northeast was known for violence and separatism, but over the past eight years rebel incidents have dropped by 70%. Attacks on security personnel have also been reduced by 60% while civilian casualties have fallen to 89%,” he said.
The Prime Minister, who is also due to travel to Tripura later today, will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of projects worth over Rs 6,800 crore in the two northeastern states during the day.
Both states are heading for assembly polls, which are expected to be held in February.
The NEC is the nodal agency for economic and social development for the North Eastern region which includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
First post: STI