Dibrugarh: Asserting that development of the country’s eastern region was his government’s ‘core priority’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking a jibe at the former UPA regime said that development should have reached the region long back.
In his address after dedicating the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited at Lepetkata in Assam to the nation, the Prime Minister said that projects, inaugurated by him today, offer immense employment opportunities to the people of the state.
“The development of eastern parts of India is a core priority for our government because that is the way to all-round development. The nation will not develop if North-East does not develop. And it is one of our priorities,” he said.
“The projects inaugurated today offer immense employment opportunities to the people of Assam. I don’t think I should have the opportunity to inaugurate these projects. This should have been done long ago,” he added. He also dedicated India’s highest wax producing unit using indigenous technology in Numaligarh Refinery Limited to the nation.
“It is important to think ahead of time when it comes planning schemes and initiatives. It is also important to chalk out the roadmap. When projects get delayed cost also increases,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi also said that his government believes in cooperative federalism and urged the Centre and states to work together for development.
Prime Minister Modi left the national capital today for his three-day visit to Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha during which he is set to inaugurate the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati besides addressing tea workers at Moran.