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Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh on Tuesday reiterated the central government’s commitment to ensure fast-track development in the eight North Eastern states.
“There has been a “sea-change” in the North East in comparison to what it was four to five years ago,” he said while addressing the ancient Behdeinkhlam, festival of the Pnars here in West Jaintia Hill district.
The Behdienkhlam festival is a unique and ancient festival of the indigenous Pnar people and is celebrated mid-July every year after the sowing is over. “Khlam” means plague or pestilence’and “beh dien” means to drive away with sticks.
Singh said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not only confined to the development of the region, but also to the cultural and social growth of the region.
“My presence in the event is also a reiteration of the high priority that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government accords not only to the development of the region, but also to promote, preserve and patronize the healthy traditional culture and civilization of the region,” he said.
Singh said that the Government has sought to identify with every ethnic and tribal group of the region, while the Ministry of DoNER introduced the practice of having a rotational Camp Secretariat by turn every month in each of the eight States and this has resulted in a very close affinity between the people of Northeast and the Ministry of DoNER.
He also expressed his satisfaction not only of the law and order situation but also on the development aspect in the region.
“The people of Northeast are extremely satisfied and looking forward to the Prime Minister as someone who will actually deliver in the manner which was not happening earlier,” Singh said.
Reiterating the motto of the government of service at the doorstep, the minister said “The DoNER ministry has started the process of having a rotational camp secretariat in the eight states of the northeast so that the confidence can be built up among the people of the region for the ministry and that people do not have to travel all the way to Delhi or the DoNER’s headquarter for any assistance.”
Singh said, that Meghalaya saw its first-ever train and got included in the rail map of India under the BJP-led NDA government.
“Not only this, in the last four years, the law & order and security situation has considerably improved towards normalcy and now, the picturesque locales of Meghalaya are flooded with tourists”, he said.