Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated multiple projects in Arunachal Pradesh worth over Rs 4,000 crore.
Stressing on the importance to improve connectivity in the sensitive border state, he said his government was giving importance to improve the highway, railway, airway and power situation in Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing at a function in Itanagar, Modi termed the state “pride” of the country. He said it is the gateway of the nation as it guards the frontier. It is the duty of the government to develop the state at any cost.
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The Prime Minister said work is going on for projects worth Rs 13,000 crore in the state and alleged that the previous regime neglected the North-East region. “Compare us with the previous government and see the difference,” he told the audience.
Modi laid the foundation stone for many projects– Greenfield Airport at Hollongi, Sela Tunnel, and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote. He inaugurated an upgraded airport at Tezu in Lohit district and a new Doordarshan 24-hours channel for Arunachal Pradesh, DD Arun Prabha.
Terming tourism as a money spinner for the state, the Prime Minister said that the Greenfield airport and rail network will help grow the tourism industry. The Prime Minister inaugurated 50 health and wellness centers in the state.
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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shown black flags on Saturday for the second consecutive day over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
The protesters, belonging to the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), showed black flags to Modi when his huge convoy was passing through the Gauhati University at Jalukbari area.
On Friday evening, Modi was shown black flags in at least four different locations as soon as he landed in Guwahati and was travelling from the airport to the Raj Bhawan.
Gauhati University students, activists of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), and members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) were also seen waving black flags to the Prime Minister and shouting slogans.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, excluding Muslim.
The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting Rajya Sabha nod.