Union ministers visit NE to review development work
Guwahati, February 6
Once neglected due for several reasons, the Northeast region is now on the priority list of the Centre insofar as development work and maintenance of peace is concerned.
The Prime Minister has asked his ministers to visit the region on a regular basis to ensure speedy implementation of the Centre’s programmes.
Among the ministers who visited the region was Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who was on a two-day trip to understand the needs of the aviation sector in the north east.
He held discussions with the state government, airline officials and representatives of his ministry to chalk out plans to speed up airport development and improve air connectivity in the region. “Both the Government of India and state governments needs to be aviation friendly. If aviation has to become vibrant, has to serve the local population, has to have its economic multiplier effect, then both have to come on board. Impediments are plenty. We have interacted with the airlines also here and we have taken their concerns on board. So all these will be translated into actionable points by different departments,” said Raju.
Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, who was also in Guwahati city, assessed the existing judicial mechanism at the Guwahati High Court and pressed for latest IT initiatives in the judiciary system.
He revealed that in order to make faster trials possible, an e-court system will be installed in at least 283 courts of the state.
“Another core area that our government looks into is e-courts. All IT initiatives should be taken including not only digitalizing but even recording of evidence of the accused who are in jail from the court itself so that the judiciary will get speed and the pendency of the cases should be taken care of by the courts,” said Gowda.
Union Minister of State for Water Resource and Sanitation Ram Kirpal Yadav was also in Assam recently to review the drinking water projects and sanitation programmes.
He called upon the people to work together to make the Swachh Bharat programme successful.
“I have come here with a special message from the honourable Prime Minister for all the people of Assam and other parts of Northeast to cooperate and join the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. Without the support of everyone, the campaign can’t be successful,” said Yadav.
The government is committed to accelerate the pace of development in the northeast region and every possible step is being taken to enhance the infrastructure in various sectors.