PM Modi announces Rs 28,000 crore for new rail projects in Northeast; Natural Economic Zone

Kohima: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Nagaland, said at Hornbill Festival on Monday that his priority is to tap the Natural Economic Zone of the North East’.

PM Modi announces Rs 28,000 crore for new rail projects in Northeast; Natural Economic Zone

Addressing people at the festival Narendra Modi said, ” It is a great honour to be here. This festival seeks to promote, preserve and protect unique cultural diversity of Nagaland.”

Mentioning the initiatives taken for the North East region, Modi said, “There are SEZs in some parts. Here it is ‘NEZ’ – Natural Economic Zone. My priority is to tap this ‘NEZ’ for North East.

The Prime Minister said “Because of the bio-diversity and climate, people will come to Nagaland for investment and tourism. Nagaland has a young population, well-versed in English, in tune with what is happening around the world, and therefore, this advantage must be tapped.”

Modi added, “We have decided a special scholarships for North East students and 10,000 students will benefit. Under ‘Ishan Vikas’ every year we will send 2000 students and 500 teachers from the Northeast to other parts of the country during vacation to familiarise them.”

The North East region could be the organic capital of the country, Modi said, adding that the Centre has decided to set up six new agriculture colleges in this area.

Stating that this is the best destination for tourists, Modi said, “This region requires connectivity. Centre will provide Rs 28,000 crore for new railway lines in the Northeast. Centre has sanctioned Rs 5,000 crore to provide 2G mobile coverage to this area for better connectivity.

The Prime Minister said his government has decided to set up a National Sports University in Manipur and the people of the region will be “great beneficiaries”.

“Let us build a resurgent, stronger and more prosperous Nagaland and India,” he said.