Centre to develop water transport connectivity of NE with neighbouring countries: PM


Guwahati, Jan 23 (UNI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the centre has put lot of emphasis on developing the water transport connectivity from Northeast  with neighbouring countries including Bangladesh.

While addressing a huge gathering at historic Jerenga Pathar, in Sivsagar in Assam,Mr Modi said, “Assam and Northeast is widening our connect with the eastern Asian countries under the Act East Policy."

Stating that Assam is developing as a major part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat with better infrastructure, the PM added, "The fast-paced development of Assam is very importantto us. The way to 'Atmanirbhar Assam' is through 'Atmavishwaas' (self-confidence) among the people here.

Taking part in the distribution of land patta (land allotment certificate) to over 1 lakh indigenous people of Assam during a programme at Jerenga Pathar in Sivasagar district,

Mr Modi said before the BJP came to power in Assam, there was 6 lakh of people in the state who had no land patta.

The Prime Minister said, “Land patta for the people of the citizens of the state was not a priority for the previous governments in Assam.”

Patting the back of Sonowal led BJP government in Assam, Mr Modi said the wayAssam handled the Covid 19 pandemic is praiseworthy.

He also assured the people of Assam that double engine government of state and centre is working in tandem to provide running water to all households in the state.

Listing achievements of his government, Mr Modi said about 40 per cent of thestate's population has taken advantage of the central government's 'Ayushmaan Bharat' scheme.“In the last few years, 2 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts have been opened, where 
benefits are reaching beneficiaries, a large number of whom are women, directlythrough their accounts. It helped a lot of people during the lockdown,” Mr Modi  claimed.

While paying tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary, PM Modi said the government has decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Netaji  Subhas Chandra Bose as ‘Parakram Diwas’.

“His life gives us inspiration even today,” he said.

The PM also mentioned the valour and sacrifice of Joymati, the contributions of thestate’s great saint, Srimanta Sankardeva.