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We work with 'seva bhava', the definition of 'connectivity' changed in 9 years: PM Modi in Assam

PM Modi also witnessed a massive Bihu dance performance where over 11,000 dancers and drummers performed at the 'Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium'.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government has worked hard to bring the Northeast into the national mainstream. At the same time, he accused the opposition of "neglecting" the region and being "hungry to take credit". At several events in Assam, Modi claimed that in the last nine years of his government coming to power, the definition of 'connectivity' has changed, bringing the northeastern region closer to the rest of the country. Many analysts are viewing the Prime Minister's speeches as an energizing start to next year's general elections.

PM participated in many programs in Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made aggressive speeches in Assam and participated in programs and cultural events. He inaugurated several medical, railway and other infrastructure projects, among other things. The Prime Minister also addressed the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Gauhati High Court. Modi was accompanied by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma, his confidant for the Northeast. Modi also witnessed a massive Bihu dance performance, where over 11,000 dancers and drummers performed at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium. This event has been included in the Guinness World Records.

'We work with service and dedication'

Taking a dig at the opposition, Modi said, "We make our policies on the basis of countrymen's past, but those who came before us were hungry for credit and those who are hungry for credit destroy the country." We work for the people with 'a sense of service' and 'dedication'.' He claimed that the Northeast had been 'suffering under family-controlled politics, regionalism, corruption and insecurity for decades' during which development was not possible and The region paid a 'heavy price' for this. He also emphasized that his government has worked hard to ensure dramatic improvement in social and physical infrastructure in the Northeast in the last 9 years.

'East was far away for earlier governments'

The Prime Minister said, “For earlier governments, the Northeast was far away. We have worked with dedication to bring it closer. In the last 9 years, we have changed the old definition of connectivity. It is now a four pronged connectivity – physical, digital, social and cultural. In the last few years, the youth of this area have left violence and started on the path of peace. The atmosphere of mistrust is disappearing from the Northeast, the distance between hearts is disappearing. We need to come closer.' The Prime Minister also dedicated AIIMS, Guwahati as well as Nalbari Medical College, Nagaon Medical College, and Kokrajhar Medical College to the nation.

Number of MBBS students will be 1500 in Assam

A 500 bedded Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital with 24 Undergraduate Departments in 3 Medical Colleges will start with an intake of 100 MBBS students annually, taking the total number of MBBS students in Assam to 1500. He also laid the foundation stone of the Rs 546-crore Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute (AAHII), a joint initiative of the state government and IIT Guwahati. The Prime Minister also launched the distribution of 1.1 crore Ayushman cards to the beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will be able to get cashless treatment up to Rs 5 lakh with these cards.

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