Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that his government would spend Rs 79,000 crore over the next few years to develop roads, highways and railway projects in Northeast India, ANI reported.
The government has sanctioned 4,000 km of national highways in the region, likely to cost Rs 32,000 crore, and 15 railway line projects of length of about 1,400 km, which will cost Rs 47,000 crore, Modi said. He said the Centre wants to make Meghalaya a major tourist destination and will spend Rs 100 crore on developing tourist spots in the state.
Modi was on a visit to Mizoram to inaugurate a 60-megawatt hydroelectric power project in Aizawl. He also visited Meghalaya to inaugurate sections of two National Highways.
During his address in Meghalaya, Modi targeted the Congress party, and said that 15 years of rule by the party had ruined the state. Elections in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura are due in early 2018.
He spoke of problems in the field of education and healthcare.
“There was irregularity in the appointment of teachers,” Modi said. “Incompetent people were appointed on the recommendations of Congress MLAs and MPs. Today, there is a shortage of 1,700 teachers in the primary schools of Meghalaya.”
He also said that people were “not getting proper healthcare” in Meghalaya despite the chief minister being a doctor. He said the BJP’s agenda was “development, speedy development, and all-round development”.