Imphal, October 17th, 2017 (DIPR): Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi  is really concerned about the welfare of the North-East States particularly with regard to issues relating to rural development like  housing schemes, road-connectivity, women empowerment etc. ,  said the Minister of State for Rural Development, Government Of India, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav in a press meet held at the Conference Hall of Old Secretariat today.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Shri Thongam Biswajit Singh was also present at the press conference.

Ram Kripal Yadav said that poverty-eradication measures for the people living in the rural areas, implementation of the pending schemes of the past Congress-led Government and developmental activities for the rural poor using new technology are the thrust areas of the new Modi regime.

PM Modi also would like to inaugurate almost 5/6 schemes in rural development and allocated around Rs. 1,05,000 crores for the development of villages and rural sector, he continued.

Till now, 30 crores accounts have been opened, 3 crores women given gas connection and 1 crore houses to be built till 2019. Using new technology, money is provided to the beneficiaries and almost 1 crore job cards are created. One can also avail of the facility to complain using the Meri Sadak App in which users can give their feedback regarding pace & quality of works,” he also said.

Highlighting on PM Modi’s vision to connect roads till 2019, speeding up the overall developmental  measures in rural sector by 2018 & implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) at the maximum level, he also said the new Government is determined to fill the loopholes of the past Government. We will conduct a field visit tomorrow and are dedicated to  leave no stone unturned to alleviate poverty from the rural areas in the NE states , he further said.

Focussing on the main difficulties and challenges that Manipur regularly face  like landslides, incessant rain etc., the Modi Government is committed to build a new Manipur by trying their level best to overcome all challenges on the way, he assured.

Talking with the media, he convinced to expedite speedy progress of the ongoing projects of the NE states and bridge the development gap of the NE states at par with the rest of the country.

Stating that the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj is an important Department that cannot  be ignored  for the development of the country, Minister Biswajit said that various schemes aimed at welfare for rural poor and women folks like the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana  should be properly implemented. He also spoke by focusing on women empowerment with more participation & also on  the role of youths as job creators.

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