The prime minister also announced several schemes to promote tourism and other industries in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Other than that, he also announced the formation of a deemed university.
PM Modi also announced several schemes aimed at developing the region
He Modi visited the Tsunami memorial and paid respects to those who lost their lives in the 2004
The prime minister informed that government has sanctioned Rs 7,000 crore for the welfare of fishermen across the country
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (December 30) renamed three islands during his visit to Andamans and Nicobar Islands.
Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island will now be called Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep Island and Swaraj Dweep Island respectively, announced Modi.
“From today, the three islands in Andaman and Nicobar- Ross Island will be known with the name of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister hoisted a 150-feet national flag at Port Blair to mark the 75th anniversary of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose’s announcement regarding the formation of Azad Hind government in 1943.
Modi also introduced a number of schemes aimed at the welfare of the island region and said the government is working towards framing a detailed plan to improve infrastructure in the Andamans.
Modi also visited the Tsunami memorial and paid respects to those who lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami on the Indian Ocean.
He also visited the Cellular, popularly known as ‘Kala Pani’ and paid homage to the Martyr’s Column.
Interacting with people in Car Nicobar, he said the government is committed to bringing development in the region, assuring that basic facilities will be provided at all times.
“Besides security, the government is working to ensure that Car Nicobar gets development, education for children, job opportunities for youth, medical facilities for the elderly and irrigation for farmers,” PM Modi said.
Modi’s government is also focusing on uplifting the quality of infrastructure in and around the islands and deal with problems caused due to sea erosion, which is caused by any loss of coastlands due to the removal of sediments from the shoreline.
“I am glad to announce that the government has decided to erect a seawall to deal with the problem, the foundation of which will be laid today,” PM Modi said.
Meanwhile, the Centre has sanctioned Rs 7,000 crore for the welfare of fishermen across the country, said the prime minister, adding that the move is aimed at empowering the fisherman community.
“Happy to announce important decisions relating to agriculture and fisheries. These will help protect the local culture of the Andaman and Nicobar islands as well as increase livelihood opportunities,” he said.
Modi added that the central government is also looking at opening a trans-shipment port to boost economic prospects.