Northeast can’t be developed from Delhi: Modi

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India’s northeast cannot be developed from Delhi and that he was deputing central government officials to find solutions to problems being faced by the region.

“Is it possible to develop the northeast while sitting in Delhi? No. Officials will visit and see how it is to be done,” Modi said on his radio programme ‘Maan Ki Baat’.

“The DoNER ministry has taken a significant decision to send teams of central government officials to the northeast and hold week-long camps there,” he said.

The development of the northeastern region (DoNER) ministry is responsible for planning, execution and monitoring of the central government’s development schemes in – Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Mizoram, Sikkim and Meghalaya.

“These teams will hold such camps in districts and villages of the region, meet local government officials, people’s representatives and citizens. They will listen to their problems and help the government to find their solutions.”

Stating that the move would bring good results in coming days, Modi said the officials would realise how beautiful the region was and how warm the people living there were.

“They will realise that the region needs to be developed and the various problems the people there face should be solved,” the prime minister said.

“You know I have been talking about the ‘Act East’ policy… This is the ‘act’ part of it,” Modi said.

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