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NEW DELHI: Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed a wide range of State related issues.
Singh informed Khandu that his request regarding deputation of certain IAS officers in the State had been processed as desired and the needful would be done very soon.
Referring to the recent visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh and other affected States, Singh disclosed that Rs 10,000 crore flood relief package announced by the Prime Minister was an indication of the Modi government’s concern and high priority for the people of the region. He also disclosed that the Ministry of DoNER is sponsoring a research study through Brahmaputra Study Centre at Guwahati University to evaluate the ways of preventing such flood-like situation in future. The Chief Minister informed him that the flood situation has now almost come back to normal and the follow-up action has also been carried out effectively.
In reference to some of the major projects in Northeast during the last three years, Singh mentioned the new State Secretariat Building at Itanagar which had been funded by the Ministry of DoNER. He also expressed the hope that the construction work will start soon to set up a Film and Television Institute in the State which was announced soon after the Modi government came to power.
Singh expressed satisfaction that the land identification and acquisition process for setting up an Airport at Itanagar had been finalised even though after some delay. He said, the major achievements of three years of Modi government will include the setting up of the first-ever airport in the State and also at the same time, bringing Arunachal Pradesh on the rail-map of India. Pema Khandu appreciated Singh for his keen personal interest in the development of the region and said, Arunachal Pradesh, being one of the peripheral and lesser developed States, finds itself immensely benefitted because of the liberal support from Prime Minister Modi and diligent efforts of the DoNER Minister.
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