Modi Assam highlights

Guwahati, April 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared highlights from his visit to Assam on Friday. During his visit, he launched and laid the foundation stones of various projects worth around ₹14,300 crore.

In a 3-minute video, Modi can be seen attending several events, including holding a roadshow, inaugurating AIIMS Guwahati, and attending mega Bihu celebrations.

PM Modi inaugurated AIIMS Guwahati, which is the first in the northeast, and three other medical colleges. He also kicked off the ‘Aapke Dwar Ayushman’ campaign by distributing Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) cards to eligible beneficiaries. The campaign is aimed at providing medical assistance to people in remote areas.

During his visit, Modi also held a mega roadshow from Basistha to Sarusajai in Guwahati and witnessed a mega Bihu dance performed by over 11,000 Bihu dancers on the occasion of Bohag Bihu at Sarusajai Stadium. The state created two Guinness World Records, for the “largest Bihu dance and largest dhol drum ensemble.”

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Addressing a public gathering in Guwahati, Modi said, “These days, there is a new phenomenon. Whenever I discuss the development that has taken place in the country in the last nine years, some people feel very uneasy. They complain that they too had ruled the country for decades but why can they not claim credit for the growth”. He said the “hunger for credit” and the idea of “rules” have negatively impacted the country.

Modi also virtually commissioned a methanol plant at Namrup in Dibrugarh by Assam Petrochemicals Ltd (APL) with 500 tonnes per day (TPD) capacity, constructed at an investment of ₹1,709 crore. Later in the day, he attended and addressed Gauhati High Court’s platinum jubilee celebrations at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati along with the state chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

In his speech, Modi stressed the importance of a “strong and sensitive” judiciary, stating that it is key to fulfilling the dreams of Indians in the 21st century. He also expressed his happiness that the people of North East have come forward to take the reins of development into their own hands and are marching ahead with development as their mantra.