I wholeheartedly welcome Adarniya PM Shri Narendra Modi ji’s decision to withdraw AFSPA from all areas of Assam barring 9 districts & 1 sub division.
Also convey my gratitude to HM Shri Amit Shah ji for this great move.
Around 60% of State’s area will now be free from AFSPA’s purview.
AFSPA has been in force since 1990 & this move marks the beginning of a new chapter in Assam’s future.
It is a testimony to the significant improvement in law & order in the State.
With peace getting primacy, North East is now on a new trajectory of growth & development.
I also compliment the people of Assam, who have believed in peace. Due to Adarniya PM Shri Narendra Modi ji’s visionary leadership, the region is all set to become the new engine of India’s growth – Ashtalakshmi.
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has congratulated the people of Manipur on the 50th statehood day of Manipur. Speaking on the occasion, he paid tribute to the sacrifices and efforts of each and every person who contributed to this glorious journey. He termed the resilience and unity of the Manipuri people in the face of ups and downs of their history as their true strength. He reiterated his continued efforts to get first-hand account of expectations and aspirations of the people of the state that enabled him to get a better understanding of their feelings and expectation and find ways to tackle the problems of the state. He expressed happiness that Manipuri people could fulfil their greatest desire for peace. “Manipur deserves peace and freedom from closures and blockades”, he said.
The Prime Minister said that the government is committed to make Manipur the sports powerhouse of the country. He said that sons and daughters of Manipur have brought laurels in the sports field and in the light of their passion and potential India’s first sports university was established in the state. He also remarked on the Manipur’s youth’s success in the start-up sphere. He underlined the government’s commitment for the promotion of the local handicraft.
The Prime Minister stressed Manipur’s key role in the vision of making the North-East the center of Act East policy. He said under the ‘double-engine’ government, Manipur is getting long awaited facilities like Railways. Thousands crore rupees worth connectivity projects are underway in the state including Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line. Similarly, with Imphal airport getting international status, connectivity of North-Eastern states with Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru has improved. Manipur will also benefit from India-Myanmar-Thailand tri-lateral highway and upcoming 9 thousand crore natural gas pipeline in the region.
The Prime Minister said that obstacles in the growth journey of the state have been removed and next 25 years are the Amrit Kaal of Manipur’s development. He concluded by wishing for the state’s double-engine growth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states on COVID-19 situation.
The interaction was attended by the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam.
Apart from the Chief Ministers, Union Ministers for Home, Defence, Health, DONER and other Ministers were present during the interaction.
The Chief Ministers briefed about the progress of vaccination in their states and steps that are being taken to take vaccines to far flung areas.
They also discussed the issue of vaccine hesitancy and measures being taken to overcome it. They gave an account of improvement in medical infrastructure to better tackle Covid cases and the support lent through the PM CARES Fund.
They gave assurance of taking timely action to bring down the positivity rate as well as the number of cases in their States.
Union Home Minister talked about the reduction in the overall daily number of cases but forewarned that this should not lead to one becoming lax and letting one’s guard down.
He said that some areas of the country are witnessing high positivity rates. He emphasized on the importance of testing, tracing, tracking and vaccination.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the people, health workers and the governments of Northeast for their hard work in the fight against the pandemic and creating infrastructure for testing, treatment and vaccination despite the difficult terrain of the states.
The Prime Minister expressed his worry over the growing number of cases in some districts and stressed the need to catch these signals and take strict actions at the micro level.
He reemphasized the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation. He asked to make full use of the experience and best practices gathered over the last one and half years in this regard.
Noting the fast mutating nature of the virus, the Prime Minister advised strict monitoring of the mutation and keep track of all variants.
He informed experts are studying the mutations and their impact. In such scenario, prevention and treatment are critical, he said emphasizing covid appropriate behaviour.
Shri Modi emphasized that utility of physical distancing, mask, vaccine is clear. Similarly, strategy of testing tracking and treatment is a proven strategy.
Acknowledging the impact of pandemic on tourism and business, the Prime Minister strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions.
Rejecting the argument that people want to enjoy before the arrival of the third wave, he said that this need to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own.
He said that the main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to massive surge in cases. He strongly advocated preventing avoidable crowding.
The Prime Minister informed that hundreds of oxygen plants are being established in the country through PM-CARES and Northeast too got about 150 plants. The Prime Minister requested the Chief Ministers to complete the process of establishing these plants quickly.
The Prime Minister underlined the need to establish temporary hospital due to the geographical situation of the northeast.
He also asked to prepare trained manpower as oxygen plants, ICU wards, new machines that are reaching two block level hospitals will need this manpower. He assured all help from the central government.
Noting the capacity of 20 lakh tests per day in the country, the Prime Minister highlighted the need to augment the testing infrastructure in the affected district on priority.
He stressed aggressive testing along with random testing. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that with the collective efforts we will surely be able to contain the spread.
I joined the Governor Shri Ganga Prasad Ji, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, my cabinet colleagues, MLAs, MP Lok Sabha, Political Secretary, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, officials of various departments, members of Nepali Sahitya Parishad and the local gentry at Bhanu Udhyaan, Zero Point to pay homage to Aadi Kavi Bhanubhakta Acharya on the occasion of 207th Bhanu Jayanti.
We draw immense strength from PM Sri Narendra Modi’s vision of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and are guided in our pursuit by this.
An interactive session, true to the spirit of its name, ‘Alaap Alochana Empowering the Religious Minorities’, was held today with intellectuals.
The discussion centered around socio-economic issues affecting the indigenous Muslim population of Assam and was held in presence of Minister of Welfare of Minorities & Development Department Chandra Mohan Patowary, Education Minister Ranoj Pegu, MLA & Pol Secy Jayanta Malla Baruah.
To ensure constructive intervention follows this, 8 sub-groups with representatives of indigenous Muslim will be formed to deliberate on issues for the community like health, education, skill development, cultural identity, financial inclusion, women empowerment etc.
A Chairman from the community & a Member Secy from the govt in each sub-group will come up with recommendations on their assigned matters within 3 months.
After this, govt will prepare a roadmap for empowerment of indigenous Muslim community & implement it over next 5 yrs.
Felicitated our newly appointed BJP Manipur President at my office.
The appointment of Smt Sharda Devi Ji as President of BJP Manipur has yet again reaffirmed BJP’s commitment on empowering women & acknowledging talent of individuals irrespective of their gender or background.
Key decisions of the Govt. post the Covid Review Meeting today:
1. 15% of public transport (local taxis) will be allowed to operate in Shillong from 28th June 2021. Declaration of ‘Vaccinated’ or ‘Non-Vaccinated’ status of drivers will need to be displayed on the vehicles.
2. Tea shops in rural areas will be allowed to open. However, dine-in will not be allowed to avoid crowding.
3. Provision Kits with essential items will also be provided to Covid positive patients staying in Corona Care Centres.