Guwahati: BJP president Amit Shah here on Monday said BJP has steered the northeast to unprecedented development and the region is set to become the biggest contributor to the country’s GDP.

“At the time of independence, the North East had a very high growth rate but the region, which was mostly ruled by Congress, was reduced to the lowest level of development,” Shah said after laying the foundation stone here of 19 cancer care hospitals in the State in partnership with the Tata Trust.


The hospitals are being set up under the Assam Cancer Care Foundation, a joint initiative of the state government, which will pump in Rs 1,030 crore, and Tata Trusts, which has provided Rs 900 crore. The Centre will provide Rs 180 crore.

Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata said, “The centres will take up a battle against cancer so that people suffering from this silent killer get proper treatment and increase their chance of survival.”

“The 19 hospitals will be completed in 24 months and will cater to cancer patients free of cost under the Atal Amrit Abhiyan and other health schemes,” health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The BJP government has been in power in Assam for only two years but it has been successful in instilling trust and confidence among people that the State would soon become a developed State, he said.

“The prime minister has always regarded the North East as the ‘Asta Lakshmi’ (eight aspects of goddess Laxmi) and given prime importance to its development by focussing on road and rail connectivity, IT connectivity energy, industrial development and education facilities”, he added