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'Northeast is at the heart of Act East Policy,' says PM Modi

'Northeast is at the heart of Act East Policy,' says PM Modi

Guwahati: While making a hard pitch for his government's economic policies and reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday courted the Northeast by claiming that the north-eastern states' development is intrinsic to India's growth story.

He said the Government of Assam is fully geared up for its first maiden Global Investors' Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the two-day Advantage Assam- Global Investors Summit 2018 on 3 February, which will kick-start with the presence of over 2000 domestic and worldwide industry leaders and representatives.

" An innovative system has been developed wherein cancer care in all three levels starting from radiological intervention to surgical procedure will be built up in the state", Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Health Minister said.

The government has identified 12 focus sectors for the summit, including agriculture and food processing, handloom- textile-handicrafts, logistics, river transport-port township, IT-ITeS, pharmaceutical-medical equipment, plastics- petrochemicals and power.

The Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay also graced the summit.

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Apart from the prime minister, several Union ministers including Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, Jitendra Singh, Kiren Rijiju, are expected to take part in the summit.

"When Assam chief minister came to meet our film industry at Mumbai, he came across an inspiring man, a man with a vision", he said.

Inaugurating the two-day "Global Investors Summit" hosted by Assam, Modi said the NDA government has speeded up the functioning of official machinery and "we want all programmes to be completed before target". The objective is also to position Assam as India's Expressway to Asean.

Chief Minister's media advisor Hrishikesh Goswami said roadshows held in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore have generated very positive response from the investors.

"We are restructuring the "National Bamboo mission" with the amount of Rs 1300 crore".

Talking to reporters after arriving here on his maiden trip to the state, Ghai said, "Assam has the potential and strong will to welcome industry".


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