G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister, stated on Saturday that the Centre has allotted Rs 67,000 crore for the development of the north-eastern states in the current fiscal year, adding that the region’s connectivity and tourism facilities will be strengthened.
According to Reddy, the minister for culture, tourism, and development of the northeastern region (DoNER), the Union government wants the NE states to achieve a 100 percent literacy rate and is emphasizing local languages being prioritized even in professional colleges.
During the day, he lay the foundation stone for Nagaland’s first teachers’ training and testing centre at Pherima in Dimapur district for those who are currently in service.
Meanwhile, the state’s minister of planning and land revenue, Neiba Kronu, thanked Reddy for authorizing the teacher training initiative in the state.
The institute would include a residential facility and is projected to cost Rs 20 crore to construct. The DoNER Ministry has put out Rs 15.5 crore for the center’s construction. The institute’s administrators would ensure that teachers can employ proper methods and approaches in providing quality education, he said, adding that state governments in the region must view achieving a 100% literacy rate as a challenge.
Nagaland and other states in the region have a rich culture and indigenous tradition, according to Reddy, which must be preserved.
He went on to say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed Union ministers to visit the North East, talk to people, plan projects, and promote tourism to promote economic growth.
The minister also emphasized the importance of exploring the region’s natural riches to create jobs and advance.
Reddy also inaugurated a road project in Dimapur district, connecting Sovima village gate to Thahekhu.