By AO News Service
ITANAGAR, Feb 09: Terming Arunachal Pradesh “pride” of India being the gateway of the nation as it guards the frontier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said that it is the duty of his Govt to develop this sensitive border state at any cost.
“Arunachal is a symbol of faith for the country as it gives us strength. The people used to greet each other with ‘Jai Hind’ and I salute the people for their patriotism. India will develop only if Arunachal and entire NE develop,” the PM said in his address to a public function at IG Park here.
“In the past 55 months, I have paid several visits to Arunachal Pradesh and today inaugurated and laid foundation of projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore,” he said, adding work is going on for projects worth Rs 13,000 crore in the state and alleged that previous Congress regimes neglected the NE region.
“My Govt has been giving priority to improve highway, railway, airway and power situation of this state, neglected for long by previous governments,” Modi said, adding “Compare us with the previous Govts to assess the difference,” he said.
“My Govt has allocated Rs 44,000 crore for NE region which is double the sanction of previous UPA Govts, which did not care about youth and border security, Modi claimed after digitally laying foundation stone of Hollongi Greenfield Airport and inaugurating upgraded retrofitted Tezu airport built at a cost of Rs 125 crore.
The Tezu airport will connect Guwahati, Jorhat and Hollongi to facilitate marketing of fruit and orchids of NE to other parts of India within a few hours, he said, adding steps have been taken to offer air service through civilian aircrafts under UDAN scheme at a lower cost in the state. Moreover, road projects worth Rs 50,000 crore are going on to connect about 1,000 state villages, while survey is on at several places (completed in three places) for rail line construction,” he disclosed.
Terming tourism as a money spinner for the state, he r said that Hollongi airport and rail network once developed would help flourish industry to generate employment opportunities for state’s unemployed youth. He also laid foundation stone of Sela Tunnel to provide all weather connectivity to Tawang Valley for civilians and security forces, reduce travel time to Tawang by an hour and boost tourism and related economic activities.
He inaugurated Arun Prabha, 24th satellite channel and 17th regional channel of DD exclusively for NE, Arunachal Pradesh in particular and dedicated 110-MW Pare Hydroelectric Plant to the nation. The project being built by NEEPCO will harness hydropower potential of Dikrong River, a tributary of Brahmaputra, to offer cheap electricity to improve power availability in NE region.
Modi laid foundation stone for permanent campus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote, declared 100% state household electrified under Saubhagya Scheme and digitally inaugurated state’s 50 health and wellness centers, developed under Ayushman Bharat scheme, to offer medical care to the poor and needy, especially pregnant women.
The development trajectory of the state is moving at a faster pace with NDA and Pema Khandu-led BJP Govts working in close coordination.
The GoI stressing on power generation has sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore to erect transmission lines to get connected with the grid, he said before laying foundation stones of seven 132/33 KV and 24 33/11 KV electric substations under Comprehensive Scheme.
“Rs 6000 will be deposited annually in account of farmers having only five acres of cultivable land to support them under a new scheme PM Kishan Sanman Nidhi as introduced in this year budget,” he said and assured all possible support to the state.
Union MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju, state Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra, CM Khandu, DyCM Chowna Mwein, Speaker T N Thongdok, their legislator colleagues, senior officers led by chief secretary Satya Gopal & DGP S B K Singh, political leaders including state BJP president Tapir Gao, I&B secretary Amit Khare, DD director general Supriya Sahu, DG (news) Mayonk Kumar Singh, DDGs Rajiv Sinha & Col (retd) Kalyan Das, ADGs P K Subash, P B Bhattacharjee & J K Chandela were present among the massive gathering at the venue.
Young local damsels clad in traditional attire s stood on both sides of road from Raj Bhawan helipad to the venue to greet the PM while the security dragnet was tightened since morning.