North-East to be 'New Engine' of India's growth: PM Modi

ANI | Updated: Mar 16, 2018 14:03 IST

Imphal (Manipur) [India], March 16 (ANI): Terming North East of India as the New Engine of growth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India's develpoment story is proportional to the progress of the eastern part of our country.

Speaking at inauguration of the 105th session of Indian Science Congress in Manipur University, Prime Minster Modi said, "I have always maintained that India's growth story shall never be complete until the eastern part of our country progresses at par with the western part. The North-East can be the 'New Engine' of India's growth."

The Prime Minister meanwhile also laid the foundation stone of 1000 Anganwadi Centres.

"These centers will work as a medium for improving the health of thousands of Mothers and their babies. They will also benefit from the recently launched National Nutrition Mission," he said.

Speaking on the lines of women empowerment, the Prime Minister said that the Manipur state government has undertaken construction of a new hostel for girls in the tribal area.

"I am happy that the State government is working to reduce the problems faced by girls in Hill and Tribal areas for their education. The state government has undertaken construction of a new hostel for girls in the tribal area. I am fortunate to inaugurate 1 such hostel today," Prime Minister Modi said.

Speaking here, the Prime Minister also remembered political leader Rani Gaidinliu, who led a revolt against British rule in India and inaugurated a park dedicated to her name.

"Woman power in this state has always been a source of inspiration for the country. Today, on this occasion, I salute the great revolutionary and daughter of the nation Rani Gaidinliu," he said.

Prime Minister Modi further informed that the Government of India has sanctioned ten India Reserve Battalions for the North Eastern States, which include two battalions for Manipur.

"These two battalions will directly provide job opportunities to about 2,000 youth in the State," he opined. (ANI)