Union Home Minister Amit Shah stresses on the need to have coordination between disaster management and NESAC which can provide warning of lightning about 36 hours in advance.
While, highlighting the role of North Eastern Space Applications Centre-NESAC, Shah said, its role will be of utmost importance in making the Northeast drug free and terrorism free and developed. Our plans will get scientific basis through NESAC Society and on this foundation a developed North-East will be made.
“With the coordination of MHA and NESAC, a single window system will be made so that the states can get real time information about floods and other disasters,” the Union Home Minister said.
He also added that the location of North-East is geographically remote and challenging , so there is a need to work out a strategy to accelerate the development.
He said in the upcoming times, there should be a coordination to reduce disaster risk to zero.
“There should be a coordination between disaster management and NESAC which can provide warning of lightning about 36 hours in advance,” he added.
Shah assured that there is no limitation on budget for North-East, but there should be proper utilization of expenditure, if targets are achieved, then the Government of India will have no problem in investing.
The Union Home Minister had directed the use of NESAC for flood management in the North Eastern States in the NESAC meeting in January, in today’s meeting he was told that 110 projects have been drafted in this regard.
Expressing happiness over this, Amit Shah directed to store water in big ponds to make Northeast flood free.
The Union Home Minister said that In comparison to the Thirteenth Finance Commission, 14th Finance Commission provided financial resources of more than 251% to the Northeast and in the upcoming 3 years, developmental works will be done to provide all the facilities to the villages by using it prudently.
Union Home Minister added that earlier there was talk of infiltration, terror and corruption in the Northeast but today there is talk of development, connectivity, infrastructure and development. He said that under the leadership of Modi ji, the issues troubling the North-Eastern region for decades have been resolved, which includes the border dispute with Bangladesh, the peace pact with NLFT, resolution of problems of Bru-Refugees in Tripura and Mizoram and the Bodo Peace Accord.
Appreciating everyone for the remarkable improvement in the security situation in the North-Eastern states in the last years, Shri Amit Shah asserted for early implementation of the peace agreements. In this context, the Home Minister referred to the solution of decades old problems like Bru resettlement in Tripura and the Bodo agreements in Assam. Shri Amit Shah requested the Chief Ministers to resolve the border disputes of the states expeditiously in a cordial atmosphere by mutual consultation.
The Union Home Minister said that the Government of India under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken many far-reaching steps to develop the infrastructure of the North Eastern States under the “Act East” policy. The northeastern states are being linked with the ports of Chittagong in Bangladesh and Sittwe in Myanmar. Important roads of North Eastern states are being upgraded by making them National Highways and hill states like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram are being connected by rail.
Turning to Assam, the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are all set to conduct a joint study on diverting Brahmaputra water during monsoon to 5902 sq km of wetland.
Informing about this, in a tweet, Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himnata Biswa Sarma wrote, “I thank Hon HM Sri @AmitShah for guiding us in a meeting of NESAC Society. The joint study by NESAC & @isro on diverting Brahmaputra water during monsoon to 5902 sq km of the wetland is likely to immensely benefit Assam. We are proposing a pilot for this involving CWC, Jal Shakti & WRD.”
Further, he also laid the foundation stone for the Multipurpose Convention Centre and Exhibition Facility of the North Eastern Space Applications Centre-NESAC, in Shillong.
President of NSECS Shri Amit Shah also presided over the high level review meeting regarding the operation of Space Science and Technology Centre.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Donor (DoNER) Shri G.Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Department of Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and Minister of State for the Ministry of Donor, B.L.Verma, Chief Ministers of all North Eastern States, Union Home Secretaries and senior Central and State Governments Officers were also present.