New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on Sunday praised the courage of Odisha people in facing Cyclone Amphan earlier this month.
“During the last few weeks, we have seen the havoc wreaked by Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha. Many houses were razed by the storm. Farmers also suffered heavy losses. I went to take stock of the situation last week in Odisha and West Bengal. The courage and bravery with which the people of West Bengal and Odisha have faced the ordeal is commendable. In this hour of crisis, the country also stands in unison with the people of these two states in every manner whatsoever,” the PM said.
Modi also said that India’s eastern region has the potential to become country’s growth engine.
“The distress our workforce is undergoing is representative of that of the country’s eastern region. The very region which possesses the capacity to be the country’s growth engine, whose workforce possesses the capability and the might to take the country to greater heights…the eastern region needs development. It is only the development of the eastern region that can lead to a balanced economic development of the country. Ever since the country offered me the opportunity to serve, we have accorded priority to the development of eastern India,” he said.