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Centre promoting �Act East Policy�: PM

By The Assam Tribune

SHILLONG, May 27 - Describing the North East as the �gateway� to the South-East Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has been pro-actively pursuing the �Act East Policy� and working to improve infrastructure in the region but �much more needs to be done�.

Addressing a public meeting here after flagging off three new trains, he said, �My Government has been pro-actively following the �Act East Policy�. As part of this policy, it is our mission to upgrade the infrastructure in road, rail, telecom, power and waterways in the region.

�I consider the northeastern region of India as the gateway to South-East Asia... A lot is being done. Much more still needs to be done,� the Prime Minister said.

Highlighting the tourism potential of the region, he stressed the need for developing tourist circuits by providing better facilities to tourists in terms of improved road connectivity, hotels and cleanliness.

He said the Central Government has launched a new scheme, �Swadesh Darshan�, under which it is developing tourist circuits in the country and �one such circuit is proposed for the North East�.

During his visit here, the Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the doppler weather radar at Cherrapunji, which receives the highest rainfall in the country. �Another feather has been added to its cap,� he said.

�The North East, a land of beauty and adventure, has been hit by several natural calamities in the recent past, on account of heavy rain and landslides. This weather radar system will enable better weather forecasts, especially for the northeastern region. This should help in minimizing the threat posed by extreme weather conditions,� he said. � PTI

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Centre promoting �Act East Policy�: PM

SHILLONG, May 27 - Describing the North East as the �gateway� to the South-East Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has been pro-actively pursuing the �Act East Policy� and working to improve infrastructure in the region but �much more needs to be done�.

Addressing a public meeting here after flagging off three new trains, he said, �My Government has been pro-actively following the �Act East Policy�. As part of this policy, it is our mission to upgrade the infrastructure in road, rail, telecom, power and waterways in the region.

�I consider the northeastern region of India as the gateway to South-East Asia... A lot is being done. Much more still needs to be done,� the Prime Minister said.

Highlighting the tourism potential of the region, he stressed the need for developing tourist circuits by providing better facilities to tourists in terms of improved road connectivity, hotels and cleanliness.

He said the Central Government has launched a new scheme, �Swadesh Darshan�, under which it is developing tourist circuits in the country and �one such circuit is proposed for the North East�.

During his visit here, the Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the doppler weather radar at Cherrapunji, which receives the highest rainfall in the country. �Another feather has been added to its cap,� he said.

�The North East, a land of beauty and adventure, has been hit by several natural calamities in the recent past, on account of heavy rain and landslides. This weather radar system will enable better weather forecasts, especially for the northeastern region. This should help in minimizing the threat posed by extreme weather conditions,� he said. � PTI