Development of North East Region is priority of the Government

The
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C),
Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions,
Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, has said that
the
Government led by the Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi has given a lot
of importance to the development and progress of the North Eastern
Region (NER). He was addressing as the Chief Guest at the “North East
Youth and Students Peace Assembly” organised on the occasion of the
United Nations International Youth Day,here today. The function was
organized by the Youth and Students for Peace-India, an initiative of
the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), and the North East MPs’ Forum.

Dr
Jitendra Singh said that the focus has been on brining the rest of
India closer to North east, as compared to the earlier focus of brining
only North East India closer to the mainstream. This has helped in the
integration and development of this region, he said. He said that the
DoNER Ministry has taken various initiatives for the security of the
students of NER who are studying in Delhi and other parts of the
country. The Minister said that a hostel for the North Eastern girl
students of Bangalore Universitywas inaugurated by the Prime Minister
recently. He also said that the work for building a hostel for North
East students in JNU has started. Another hostel in Rohini is also
coming up for the students studying in institutions affiliated to Delhi
University.
The
DoNERMinister said that more than 70% of the population in India is
below the age of 40 years. They have tremendous power and capacity that
needs to be channelized, he added. This huge youth power has proved to
be a decisive power, he added.He said that due to technology, now the
prospects for the youth have changed and now youth from all backgrounds
are making it to the prestigious exams. He encouraged the youth to
utilise the untapped potential of north east by having the benefit of
Venture funds for start-ups in NE region. The North East has become a
favourite destination for all, he added. He said that NE has unexplored
potential for tourism, handlooms, and other areas, which the youth
should explore. The DoNER Minister said when Government gives impetus to
the Act East policy, it will be the north east region that will be
benefited, due to its proximity to these neighbouring countries. This
will not only enrich NE, but will also enrich whole India, he said.
Dr
Jitendra Singh added that there is much more to learn from North east
youth and they are leading in all spheres of life. Earlier the
connectivity used to be a barrier for development, but now Government’s
focus on rail, road and air connectivity has led to the physical
proximity, which has in return broken the psychological barriers. The
Minister said that Prime Minister has encouraged to give special focus
to the North East region. During the first term of the Government, the
Prime Minister has paid more than 30 visits to the NE region, the
Minister added.
Earlier,
addressing the gathering after inaugurating the function, MoS for Youth
Affairs and Sports (I/C) and Minority Affairs, Shri KirenRijiju said
that it is the role of every individual to contribute to the society and
its well being. It is the responsibility of the whole society to work
together, he emphasized. He said that participation of the youth is very
important for the success of these initiatives. He added that it
doesn’t matter if we belong to different sections of society, we have to
be united and strive for peace. Shri Rijiju said that India must start
sending more volunteers to the United Nations and contribute much more
to the initiatives of UN. He said that Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi
has very focused attention towards youth development. Youth are the most
crucial component of the society, the Minister said. The youth
population is our most important asset and their energies should be
utilised in right direction, he added.