Narendra Modi in Manipur, Inaugurates the 105th Indian Science Congress

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

Lauding the work of the Biren Singh-led government in the state, Modi said, "Last year I told you what the Congress government could not do in last 15 years we would do in 15 months".

There is need, the prime minister said, to communicate our scientific achievements to society.

The prime minster said now seven out of eight states were connected by rail network and projects were underway to connect the remaining state capitals, including Imphal, to broad gauge network. The sports University will help the people of North-East immensely as the region has contributed to the growth of sports, he said.

Lauding Singh's government, Modi said it had provided the flawless reply on whether a coalition ministry could complete a year in Manipur.

The projects included Luwangpokpa Multi Sports Complex, Rani Gaidinliu Park, 1,000 anganwadi centres and 19 residential complexes for teachers, doctors and nurses in far-flung areas. He also appreciated other initiatives for women empowerment taken by the State Government.

Under this, Modi said the government's focus was on connectivity, which was to connect the state's remote areas by helicopter service and other various road projects. He said the government has been able to take major decisions only because of the inspiration received from the people of the country. He said the National Sports University is being established, keeping in mind the talent and sporting capability of the youth in the North East. He said "These centers will work as a medium for improving the health of thousands of Mothers and their babies". Moreover PM Narendra Modi further informed that the Government of India has sanctioned ten India Reserve Battalions for the North Eastern States, which include two battalions for Manipur. "But in the last four years we have declared another 460 km length of roads as national highways", he said.

The party, that runs Andhra Pradesh, had been demanding greater financial assistance ever since the division of the state in 2014 which it says led to loss of revenue.

"It is also a lesson to the BJP that one can not create people's mandate by using power, wealth and communalism as weapon", he said.

"The time is ripe to redefine "R&D" as research for the development of the nation - that is'R&D' in the real sense".

He said he believed these plans will bring development of the state to new heights.

The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by several Union Ministers, said he was happy there were 200 visits by central ministers to the northeast region.

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