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‘India’s growth depends on northeastern States’

Focus on progress:PM Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the Advantage Assam summit in Guwahati .Ritu Raj KonwarTHE HINDU

Focus on progress:PM Narendra Modi at the inauguration of the Advantage Assam summit in Guwahati .Ritu Raj KonwarTHE HINDU  

Prime Minister calls for greater links with ASEAN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India’s growth depends on how fast the eight-State northeast grows.

Addressing potential investors and industry captains at an international event, Advantage Assam, Mr. Modi said the northeast was destined to take the centre stage of the Centre’s Act East Policy, which aims at taking India’s trade and cultural ties with eastern neighbours and the ASEAN bloc to greater heights.

Connectivity is key

Connectivity is key to developing the region, the reason why the government has adopted the motto of “transformation by transportation” to change the face of the northeast, Mr. Modi said.

“The mindset that nothing can change in India has changed, and this is showing in the speed of work such as expansion of road and railway network,” the Prime Minister said.

The Centre has sanctioned Rs. 47,000 crore for 115 new railway lines and Rs. 90,000 for rural roads and National Highway projects in the region, he pointed out.

Mr. Modi also made it clear that the future of the northeast lies in its trade and cultural ties with the ASEAN, a group of countries with whom India has enjoyed thousands of years of relationship.

“Formal India-ASEAN ties may be 25 years old, but our association has been there for ages. So have been our ties with Bangladesh and Bhutan,” the Prime Minister said.

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