IMPHAL, March 16 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a function at Luwangsangbam near here today said that India�s growth story will not be complete unless the eastern part of the country comes at par with the western part.
The Prime Minister said, that the North East can be the new engine of India�s growth.
The Prime Minister in his address also dwelt on the importance to boost connectivity links in the North East. He said seven out of eight Northeast States are connected by rail network and added that projects are under way to connect the remaining State capitals, including Imphal, to broadgauge network.
Prime Minister Modi was speaking at a function for the foundation stone laying ceremony and dedication of multiple development projects in Manipur.
The Prime Minister also said that the Centre has sanctioned 10 India Reserve Battalions for the North East, including two battalions for Manipur. The battalions would directly provide job opportunities to about 2,000 youths of the region.
He also said that 438 people, including 136 women, from the northeastern States had joined the Delhi Police.
Modi, who laid foundation stones for accommodation for teachers, doctors and nurses at 19 specified locations, said they faced hardships due to lack of proper accommodation in remote areas and hill districts.
The Prime Minister inaugurated 1,000 Anganwadi centres in the State and a park dedicated to Rani Gaidinliu. He said the woman power in the State had always been a source of inspiration for the country.