Kohima, Jun 3: Asserting that the north east is central to the BJP-led NDA government's idea of national integration, BJP national vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe today said, overall development of the region is one of the top priority of the government.
"The more efforts are made to integrate the North East itself, the more people of the region will speak in one voice with an integrated approach, impetus will be given on the overall development of the region, which is one of the top priority of the government," he said.
Interacting with media-persons at the Raj Bhavan here, he said, in order to push development in the north east, the leadership at the apex level has to be very conscious for the measures to be undertaken, because of which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently presided over the meeting of North Eastern Council for first time in 40 years, he said.
The PM, he said, wants to make all the institutions very effective. The central government, he said, is strictly against the politics of populism but believes in performance.
Accusing that Congress government had neglected the Union DoNER Ministry to such an extent that it had become a "defunct ministry", he said the PM has revived the DoNER ministry and appointed a Minister in Charge to take development to the doorstep of the people of the NE.
The BJP vice president also affirmed that the BJP-led NDA government would continue with "unblemished performance without any scandal". He listed the basics of the policy approaches of NDA for good governance as its sensitivity to the agonies of the poor and commitment to the welfare by reaching the prime sections through the fruits of development.
The government puts greater emphasis on people's participation, connectivity and dialogue, he said.