Addressing the people of Mizoram via video conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, “Before 2014, people perceived the northeastern states, such as Mizoram, as distant from Delhi both physically and psychologically. The BJP recognized this sense of distance and, after coming into power as part of the NDA government in 2014, made it a priority to bridge this gap by addressing the aspirations and needs of the northeastern states.”
“In the last nine years, I have had the privilege of visiting the Northeastern states 60 times. Apart from this, large-scale development and connectivity works also reduced the physical distance. BJP has brought the country's capital, Delhi, to the doorstep of the people of the North-East. That means Delhi is no longer far; Delhi is at your doorstep,” he further added.
Highlighting the infrastructural development in the region, PM Modi stated, “During one of my earlier visits to Mizoram, I had promised to work for ‘Transformation by Transportation’. Since then, a revolution has happened across sectors due to the work of the BJP-led Government. In railways, we did something that had not been done in 7 decades of independence. When it comes to roadways, our work across the Northeast is well known. Till 2013-14, the total length of National Highways in the Northeast was 8,500 kilometres. We almost doubled it to 15,700 kilometres in 2022-23.”
PM Modi discussed the impact of various developmental initiatives in Mizoram. He mentioned the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which provides free healthcare to the poor, benefiting around 4.5 lakh Mizoram residents across 100 hospitals. Additionally, he talked about the support for farmers through schemes like PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, with approximately 1,75,000 Mizoram farmers receiving financial assistance annually. “Be it crop insurance, irrigation, natural farming or taking their products to the markets, BJP has worked in every direction to empower the farmers,” he said.
The PM announced, “You know that PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was started during the Corona pandemic. Under this scheme, free ration has been ensured to 80 crore poor citizens of the country for the last three years. Now our Government has decided that the scheme of free ration to the poor will be extended for the next five years. No poor should remain hungry; every poor should get free ration; this is Modi's guarantee.”
Thanking the people of Mizoram for their work in Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Modi said, “It is you who made Mizoram the state with 100 Percent functional public toilets. It is you who is building a Clean and Green Mizoram.”
Regarding the sports talent and infrastructure, PM Modi remarked, “The youth of India are flying the flag of India higher and higher in every global sports tournament. There is great passion for sports in the Northeast. This region, including Mizoram, has played a key role in India’s rise. We are committed to increasing the overall sports infrastructure. We are focusing on creating sports academies and scholarships for young athletes in the future.”