Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Aizwal said that the North East has suffered due to development deficit due to extended periods of insurgency in the region. The home minister added that the security and development along the international border can be improved to change the situation in the region. Rajnath said that a committee will be formed under the Under Secretary of Border management at the Home Ministry to identify gaps in the basic infrastructure in these border areas, according to the Indian Express.
The minister added that the Centre plans to take the road and rail network right up to the border areas in the North East. The Home Minister said that the Central Government had released Rs 567.39 crore under the Border Area Development programme in the last three years, Indian Express reported.
The Home Minister also raised concerns over the exploitation of the free movement regime between India and Myanmar. Rajnath Singh said that it is a priority of the government to fast track development work in the North East. He said ”The Centre is committed to the development of the North East. We are committed to getting the work finished at the earliest. Work on the road and rail network is ongoing”.
Rajnath also added that the greater connectivity within the North East and with our neighbours will give impetus to enhanced movement of goods, services and people across the border. The Home Minister was speaking at a one-day meeting of Chief Ministers from the North East, according to the Indian Express.