New Delhi: 27, 2012
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that his Ministry has sanctioned 162 projects for an amount of about Rs. 1800 crore to Arunachal Pradesh since its inception. Addressing on the occasion of celebration of completion of 25 years of the statehood of Arunachal Pradesh on 20th February, 2012 in Itanagar, he said that the State has completed 53 projects. He informed that the state is the highest recipient of fund from North Eastern Council at Rs 90 crore, which is more than 20 % of the total fund provided to all states.
The Minister expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh for his special attention for the states of North Eastern Region. He said that Arunachal Pradesh has made rapid strides in so far as strengthening the political and administrative set up is concerned. It is popularly known as the land of rising sun and is home of more than 25 tribes and 110 sub-tribes. Situated in the far east of the country, it is the largest state in North–East in terms of area which is 83,743 sq. kms area. Its strategic importance is further highlighted by the fact that it has a long international border with Bhutan to the West (160 km), China to the North and North-East (1,080 km) and Myanmar to the East (440 km).
Paban Sing Ghatowar observed that mega infrastructure development projects announced as a part of Prime Ministers Package on 31st January 2008 will change the face of the State in the years to come. Projects like Trans-Arunachal highway, Railway line to Itanagar, operationalization of Advanced Landing Grounds, Secretariat Building, Assembly Building, Border Village illumination program, road connectivity to remote Villages, 4-lane highway to Itanagar etc. will take the state on a new trajectory of development.
Ghatowar also highlighted the connect between his Ministry and its role in the development of the state. He remarked that he had visited the state recently and reviewed some of the projects implemented by the state and was impressed by the progress made by the state in implementing the NLCPR and NEC funds. The Minister reiterated his fullest support to the state in its endeavour to implement developmental projects and schemes aimed at bringing overall prosperity to the state.