About 5,000 delegates attended the inauguration of the Science Congress that kicked off with the theme, "Reaching the Unreached through Science and Technology", but only 300-400 scientists were able to make it for the event as Imphal was remote and had poor connectivity, said Achyuta Samanta, General President of the Science Congress. The Prime Minister said the coming together of the strong willpower of millions of Indians is realising the resolve of New India.
The prime minster said now seven out of eight states were connected by rail network and projects were underway to connect the remaining state capitals, including Imphal, to broad gauge network.
He said the projects launched today are related to the aspirations and talent of the youth, their employment, women empowerment and connectivity.
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The incumbent State Government has been constructing girls' hostels in hill and tribal areas of the State. He said the woman power in the state had always been a source of inspiration for the country. He said the National Sports University is being established, keeping in mind the talent and sporting capability of the youth in the North East.
Among others 1000 Anganwadi Centers were also inaugurated.
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The Prime Minister said that under the massive electrification drive launched by his government, thousands of villages without electricity since independence have finally been lit.
Compared to the previous Government, the incumbent Government led by Biren has achieved more than twice whether it is in law and order sector, infrastructure development, checking graft practices or establishment of transparency in governance, asserted the Prime Minister.
On the occasion, Modi also announced that the centre will invest Rs. 30,000 crore in the next three years to develop National Highways and roads in the state. He also said that 438 people, including 136 women, from the north-eastern states had joined the Delhi Police. "The time is ripe to redefine "R&D" as "Research" for the "Development" of the nation - that is "R&D" in the real sense", he stated in his address the text of which has been officially released.
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The Prime Minister's appeal is the latest in a series of initiatives that the government is undertaking to bring bright students back to science research.