Efforts on to make Arunachal investor-friendly: CM

SHILLONG, Dec 06: Chief Minister Pema Khandu, after attending North East Food Show, NE’s biggest food innovation exhibition organized by Meghalaya Govt and SIAL India at Polo Grounds here on Friday, congratulated Arunachal entrepreneurs and horticulture department for putting up a good exhibition.

Khandu, who visited state food stalls, interacted with the young entrepreneurs from different districts of the state to showcase their organic tea, local wines, horticulture products, wine, and other processed foods, said a report would be sought on the outcome of the exhibition from the department to give hand holding support to the entrepreneurs.

He said the GoAP is taking steps to make way for outside investors including foreigners to invest in the state. Special tax concessions and subsidies would be provided to investors to encourage investment to boost state economy, he said, adding an investor summit will be organized in the state to encourage investors to invest in Arunachal.

On Mega Food Park, he said the project will not only boost food industry but also help in getting thousands of youths to gain meaningful employment. He said the GoAP has provided all basic facilities, like road, water and electricity for the food park for its development. A meeting has been held with promoters to get work done on the ground immediately, he said.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma, Tripura CM Biplab Deb, Union MoS for Food Processing Industries Rameshwar Teli, Union MoS (Ind) for Sports Kiren Rijiju and other dignitaries were present. A formal meeting followed where dignitaries spoke on importance of the event.

Khandu said that he has been giving special focus to improve surface connectivity to encourage investment in the state. Works on industrial corridor, railway lines along the state’s foothill areas including airports and highways are being taken up speedily for which Arunachal is steadily preparing itself to become investor friendly state, he said.

Lack of market knowledge was the greatest drawback of state farmers of the state for which the state is unable to optimally use its vast agriculture and horticulture potential despite huge 22 lakh ha farming land available. Despite the challenge, the GoAP is giving highest priority to development of agri-horti sector he said, adding various schemes, including devolution of funds for DCs and huge loans are being made available for startup.  (CMO)

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