IIIT, IT-SEZ will serve as a benchmark for entire North East: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

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Imphal: The Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday had inaugurated several development projects in Manipur.

He inaugurated the e-office and Thoubal Multipurpose Project (Thoubal Dam) in Imphal virtually. He also laid the foundation stone of seven major development projects, including the Churachandpur Medical College, IT-SEZ at Mantripukhri, Manipur Bhawan in Dwarka, New Delhi, and the Integrated Command and Control Center at Imphal.

The Union Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

As per the press release by PIB, Amit Shah said, “This day marks an important milestone in the developmental journey of Manipur started under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Today many important projects are being started in a single day, including a Medical College at Churachandpur, IIIT, and IT-SEZ at Mantripukhri, which will serve as a benchmark for the entire North East.”

Shah further said, “The State Police Headquarters and Smart City Integrated Center at Imphal will help in advancing Smart Governance. The IIIT and IT-SEZ will connect the youth of Manipur with the world. After the creation of IT-SEZ, the GDP of Manipur will increase by Rs 4,600 crore annually and there will be employment generation for 44,000 people. With the establishment of the medical college, the youth of Manipur will come out as doctors and the health system of the state will be strengthened.”

The Union Home Minister said the North-East has never received much attention earlier and Modi Ji has specially visited the North-East more than 40 times in the last six-and-a-half years and has visited all the states, which proves the priority Modi Ji accords to the North East. Shri Shah said that Modi Ji knows the heart of the people, the demand for the Inner Line Permit for its original residents existed for many years and on 11 December 2019, Modi Ji decided not giving the Inner Line Permit to Manipur would be an injustice to the original inhabitants of the state. The Prime Minister granted Manipur the Inner Line Permit, which is the biggest achievement of the Central Government since the state of Manipur came into being.

Referring to the Thoubal Multipurpose Project, Amit Shah said the scheme was launched in 2004 during Atal Ji’s time, but nothing happened till 2014 and the project remained on paper. In 2016, Modi Ji restarted it by giving Rs. 462 crore and today this project that will irrigate 35,104 hectares is on the verge of completion.

Amit Shah said earlier projects were abandoned after performing ground-breaking ceremonies and work is now being done under the leadership of Modi Ji, to inaugurate all projects whose foundation stones were laid by previous governments.