Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya celebrate 50th Statehood Day
(IANS): Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya on Friday separately celebrated their 50th Statehood Day through numerous colourful and a mega functions.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP President J.P. Nadda and several Union ministers and Chief Ministers of the neighbouring northeastern states greeted the people on the occasion.
“Greetings to the people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on Statehood Day. These states, full of natural riches, represent the vibrant culture and unique traditions of our northeast. My best wishes to the citizens of these states for a happy and prosperous future,” the President said on Twitter.
Congratulating the people of the three states, the Vice-President said: “My heartiest greetings to the people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on their state foundation day today. These states are known for their captivating beauty, diverse flora-fauna, rich cultural heritage and hard working people.”
In his recorded speech, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the development of the three northeastern states and envisaged their future growth.
Taking to twitter, Modi said: “Greetings to the people of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on their Statehood Days. These states are making vibrant contributions to India’s development. Praying for their constant progress.”
Shah in his virtual speech from Delhi addressed the Tripura statehood day function and showcased how the princely state developed itself in various sectors. “On the guidance of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various connectivity projects including railway links with Bangladesh and developing several National Highways are being executed on a priority basis,” the home minister said.
The erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur were merged into the Indian Union in October 1949 and became full-fledged states on January 21, 1972. Meghalaya was part of Assam before becoming a full-fledged state on the same day.
All the three northeastern states became full-fledged states under the North Eastern Region (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971. All the three northeastern states have taken a series of programmes to celebrate the day and announced a slew of welfare programmes and various plans to develop these states in future. While BJP-ruled Manipur is now gearing up for the February 27 and March 3 elections to the 60-member Assembly, another saffron party ruled state Tripura along with Meghalaya would go to crucial polls in February next year.
Tripura fast becoming hub of trade corridor: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that through the construction of connectivity infrastructure, Tripura is fast becoming the hub of a trade corridor.
Highlighting the state’s excellent performance on many of the development parameters, the Prime Minister said that today, along with roads, railways, air and inland waterways are also connecting Tripura with the rest of the world.
“The double engine government fulfilled the long-pending demand of Tripura and got access to the Chittagong sea port in Bangladesh,” Modi said in his recorded speech at the function in Agartala on the occasion of the 50th statehood day celebrations on Friday.
He said that the state received the first cargo from Bangladesh through Akhaura Integrated Check Post in 2020.
The Prime Minister also mentioned the recent expansion of Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport in Agartala.
Modi on January 4 inaugurated the MBB airport’s integrated new terminal building built at a cost of Rs 500 crore and with a built-up area of 30,000 sq. metres.
The Prime Minister said as India would attain 100 years of ‘Azadi’ (freedom), Tripura would also complete 75 years of statehood. “This is a great period for new resolutions and new opportunities”, he added.
Modi underlined the three years of meaningful development and said that Tripura is becoming a land of opportunities with the relentless efforts of the double engine government.
The Prime Minister talked about good work in the state regarding providing pucca houses to the poor and use of new technology in housing construction.
The Light House Projects (LHP), being implemented in Tripura are also going on in five other states of the country to provide housing to the lower income group people.
He said that the measures in the fields ranging from transparency in the administration to infrastructure development will prepare the state for decades to come.
Campaigns like saturation of benefits and facilities in all the villages will make the lives of the people of Tripura easier and better, he said.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to the people who have contributed to the establishment and development of Tripura.
He acknowledged the dignity and contribution of the state from the period of Manikya Dynasty.
Modi praised the unity and collective efforts of the people of the state.
Tripura along with Manipur and Meghalaya on Friday celebrated its 50th Statehood Day with varied colourful and mega functions.
Govt committed to make Manipur India’s sporting powerhouse: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that Manipur deserves peace and freedom from closures and blockades, adding that the government is steadfast in its commitment to make the state Indias sporting powerhouse.
In his recorded speech on the occasion of the 50th Statehood Day celebrations on Friday, the Prime Minister said that the government is committed to make Manipur the sporting powerhouse of the country.
The sons and daughters of the state have brought many laurels to the country in the field of sports, and looking at their passion and potential, India’s first sports university was established in Imphal, Modi said.
Modi also highlighted Manipur youth’s success in the startup space, and underlined the government’s commitment for the promotion of local handicrafts.
The Prime Minister stressed about Manipur’s key role in the vision of making northeast the centre of “Act East Policy”.
He said under the ‘double-engine’ government, Manipur is getting long awaited facilities like railway connectivity, among others.
Connectivity projects worth thousands of crores of rupees are underway in the state, including the Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway line, he said.
“With Imphal airport getting international status, connectivity of northeastern states with Delhi, Kolkata and Bengaluru has improved. Manipur will also benefit from India-Myanmar-Thailand tri-lateral highway and the upcoming natural gas pipeline in the region,” Modi pointed out.
Congratulating the people of Manipur on the occasion of the 50th Statehood Day, the Prime Minister paid tribute to the sacrifices and efforts of each and every person who contributed to this glorious journey.
He termed the resilience and unity of the Manipuri people in the face of ups and downs as their true strength.
Modi also reiterated his continued efforts to get first-hand account of expectations and aspirations of the people of the state which enabled him to get a better understanding of their feelings and expectations and find ways to tackle the problems they face.
He expressed happiness that Manipuri people could fulfil their greatest desire for peace.
The Prime Minister said that obstacles in the growth journey of the state have been removed and the next 25 years are the ‘Amrit Kaal’ for Manipur’s development.
Manipur along with two other northeastern states — Tripura and Meghalaya — on Friday celebrated their 50th Statehood Day through diverse events.
Meghalaya’s message to the world of protecting nature, eco-sustainability: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Meghalaya has given the message of protecting nature, progress, conservation and eco-sustainability to the world.
Complimenting the people of the state for further strengthening their identity as people close to nature and referring to the traditions of ‘Whistling Village’ and choirs in every village, the Prime Minister saluted the contribution of the state in the fields of art and music.
In his recorded speech at the function organised in Shillong on the occasion of the 50th Statehood Day celebrations, Modi said that this land is filled with talented artists and the Shillong Chamber Choir has taken it to new heights.
He said that the country has high hopes from the rich sports culture of Meghalaya. Referring to the growing fame of Meghalaya in the field of organic farming, the Prime Minister said that measures have been taken to ensure a new domestic and global market for the organic products of the state.
“Sisters of Meghalaya have revived the art of bamboo weaving and its hard-working farmers are strengthening Meghalaya’s identity as an organic state,” he said.
The Prime Minister reiterated the government’s commitment for better roads, rail and air connectivity.
The state government is making all the efforts to take the central schemes to the people, Modi said, adding that schemes like PM Gramin Sadak Yojna and National Livelihood Mission have benefited the people of Meghalaya.
“The Jal Jeevan Mission has taken piped water to 33 per cent households from just one per cent households in 2019. Meghalaya is among the first states to use drones for vaccine delivery,” the Prime Minister stated.
The Prime Minister assured the people of Meghalaya of his continued support and determination to develop new sectors apart from tourism and organic products. Meghalaya along with two other northeastern states — Tripura and Manipur — on Friday celebrated it s50th Statehood Day through various colourful functions and different events.