December 18, 2022, Prime Minister Modi attended the golden jubilee celebration of the North East Council (NEC) at Shillong, Meghalaya to lay the foundation stone of multiple projects.
At the event, Narendra Modi said that because of the numerous changes the state has undergone thanks to the Bharatiya Janata Party, a right-wing party, Tripura has become a hub for northeastern logistics and international trade.
In addition, India has moved on with plans to build a new railway line between India and Bangladesh, which won’t be operational until June 2023 after an MoU was signed in 2013. Along the lines of Tripura, this Indo-Bangla railway line connects Bangladesh’s Akhaura with an international immigration station at Nischintapur in India. Earlier, during Colonial administration, Akhaura served as a railway connection for Agartala.
In a speech to the public, the Prime Minister declares that the construction of the Indo-Bangla railway line will completely open up India’s commercial relations in the upcoming year, establishing connectivity between India and Myanmar and Thailand.
Tripura: In terms of progression
The opening of the Maharaja Bir Bikram International Terminal has allowed Tripura to establish itself as the Northeast’s logistics powerhouse.
The prime minister also stated that he had kept in mind the state’s overall development, which calls for the construction of even two or more buildings as well as other diverse projects that encourage the implementation of other such projects.
Today, however, the Northeast is taken into account when decisions are being made about infrastructure, development, swacchhata (cleanliness), and even the distribution of homes. This was not the case in the past. The Northeast was only brought up when discussing issues like violence and assembly elections.
With regard to swacchhata, Tripura has made great efforts over the past five years to uphold it. As a result, the state has become the cleanest state in the nation.
Other development projects undertaken
In addition to laying the groundwork for several road projects like the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Prime Minister Modi also joined the ‘griha pravesh’ of more than two lakh Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna recipients.
Prime Minister Modi also started a project to widen the national route 8, in addition to the openings of the Tripura State Institute of Hotel Management in Anandanagar and the Agartala Government Dental College at the Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital.
He continues by saying that two lakh people have been given residences, and that all of these homes are reportedly owned by women. He quietly makes this point in opposition to left-wing parties by stating that those who act otherwise and deny the state of its own interests harm not only the youth of that state but also its farmers and women.
Change in attitude toward the Northeast
In his speech to the North Eastern Council (NEC) audience, the Prime Minister said that the Northeast would no longer remain as it was and that the government will now also “act for Northeast” and “act first for Northeast.”
Additionally, he noted that the current administration has only spent close to Rs 7 lakh on the state’s infrastructure, compared to past periods when the national government paid considerably less than Rs 2 lakh.