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Some people were ‘born’ entitled to prestigious national honours like the Bharat Ratna, while others, despite toiling hard their whole lives, their share of recognition went unrecognized: PM
Government is committed to all round development of North eastern states: PM Modi
Previous government had made corruption a state of normalcy but we are uprooting this menace from the society: PM

PM Narendra Modi visited Guwahati as a part of his visit to Arunachal, Assam and Tripura. He laid foundation stone for North East Gas Grid. He also unveiled several other development projects in the state.

Speaking on the occasion PM Modi remembered the late Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika Ji for his immense contribution in popularising Assamese songs and its culture in the country and the world as well as for voicing his views for the poor and the oppressed.

Criticising the Congress for neglecting the contributions made by indigenous heroes, Prime Minister Modi asked why some people were ‘born’ entitled to prestigious national honours like the Bharat Ratna, while others, despite toiling hard their whole lives, were overlooked and their share of recognition went unrecognised.

Contrasting the periods of poor governance of the North-East under Congress with that of good governance under the incumbent BJP governments, PM Modi said, “We all remember how newspapers carried headlines such as “Neglected Paradise” and “The Neglected States of the Nation” to describe the plight of North-Eastern states during Congress rule. Compare this with the headlines we see now about digital or rail connectivity measures in the North-East or about villages getting electrified in these states; the difference between good and poor governance is clearly visible nowadays.”

PM said his Government is committed to all round development of North eastern states and assured them that it will protect their culture, resources and languages. On Citizenship Bill, PM  urged people not be carried away by the rumours related to the citizenship bill. He said, “36 years have passed Assam accord has not been implemented yet and only Modi-led government would fulfil this.”  PM urged he political parties to stop playing with the emotions of the people of Assam for political gain and vote bank. He also assured the people of north east that their state will not be harmed through Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. "Will ensure your demand of Assam Accord is implemented", he added.

Prime Minister Modi further described various key achievements of his government over the last four and half years spanning a range of areas like the energy and infrastructure sectors which he said will go a long way in ensuring long-term development of the North-Eastern states.

Speaking about corruption PM said, "The chowkidar is cracking-down on the corrupt". "Earlier governments had made corruption a state of normalcy but we are uprooting this menace from the society." PM said.

PM laid the foundation stone of North East Gas Grid which will ensure uninterrupted availability of natural gas across the region and boost industrial growth in the region. He inaugurated Hollong Modular Gas Processing Plant in Tinsukia which will deliver 15% of the total gas produced in Assam. PM inaugurated LPG Capacity Augmentation of Mounted Storage Vessel in North Guwahati. The foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni - Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam was laid by PM on this occasion.

The PM said, “Numaligarh will be the largest among 12 bio refineries to be built across India. These facilities will transform Assam into oil and natural gas hub and boost India’s economy", he added. He spoke about Government plans for blending ethanol by upto 10%.

He laid foundation stone of City Gas Distribution Networks in Kamrup, Cacher, Hailakandi & Karimganj districts. He said, “In 2014 there were around 25 lakh PNG connections which became 46 lakh in just four years. The number of CNG refuelling stations also increased from 950 to 1500 in the same period.”

PM laid the foundation stone of a six-lane bridge over mighty river Brahmaputra. On the occasion he said that today we are starting the work for a six-lane highway over Brahmaputra which will reduce time between the two river banks - from 1.30 hours to 15 mins.

Concluding his address, PM Modi reiterated his government’s commitment and resolve to promote ease of living for the people of the Assam and the North-East and ensure sustainable progress for them.

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