Shillong: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said here on Saturday that the Centre is striving for solving the problems, including boundary disputes, afflicting the northeastern States, besides restoring peace by bringing all militants to the mainstream of society. "Gone are the days when major issues in the Northeast comprised infiltration, insurgency and corruption. Now connectivity, infrastructure and development hog limelight in the region," Shah said in his meetings and various programmes in Shillong on Saturday. He further said that the northeastern region would be the country's growth destination and the capitals of the eight states of the region would be connected by air and railway network by 2023-24.
Shah said that improving connectivity of the northeastern states is the top priority of the Modi government, as, without connectivity, the development would not be possible. "The works are being carried out with utmost priority to develop and further expand the road, rail, air and waterways networks of all the northeastern states to connect them with the rest of the country," he said.
The Home Minister said that the Central government has three important focus points for the region – protection and development of the region's culture and tradition. He applauded the efforts and dedication of 'Team NESAC' and assured that the Centre is committed to providing advanced technical support to the region, which can transform the lives of the people of the northeastern states. Shah also inaugurated a cryogenic oxygen plant at Umsawli, an afforestation project at Wahshari in Sohra, the Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme at Khliehshnong, besides visiting the headquarters of Assam Rifles in Shillong.