ITANAGAR, Sept 28: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has announced around Rs. 3,000 crore projects and airport for Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 3-day “ATAL (Arunachal Transformational and Aspirational Leaders) Conclave” here today, in the presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that as of today, around Rs.3,000 crore worth projects are ongoing through the Ministry of DoNER and the North-Eastern Council (NEC). In addition to this, he said, before coming to Itanagar today, he has approved Rs. 228.40 crore worth of 12 projects proposed by the Arunachal Pradesh State Government, most of which pertain to infrastructural upgradation, construction of inter-connecting roads and augmentation of water supply schemes.
As for the construction of the airport is concerned, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the delay had been primarily on the part of the State Government which could not finalize the choice of land for the last three years. However, he gave full credit to the new Chief Minister Pema Khandu who, immediately after assuming office, finalized the location of the new airport at Holanki.
Describing Arunachal Pradesh as a land bestowed with nature’s unique scenic beauty, Dr Jitendra Singh said, on the request of the Ministry of DoNER, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been considerate enough to include in the budget, the setting up of a Film & Television Institute in the State, which would be on the lines of the famous Film & Television Institute at Pune and which will help in utilizing the beautiful locations here for film shooting and cinema promotion. This will not only help in giving projection to Arunachal Pradesh before the rest of the world, but will also generate substantial revenue and job opportunities.
Under the young Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Dr Jitendra Singh expressed the hope that youth aspirations will gain priority and disclosed that the first ever Medical College in the State will possibly start from next year.
Dr Jitendra Singh also referred to the Parakram Parv being observed throughout the country today to commemorate the anniversary of Surgical Strike and said, the observance of this day assumes special significance in a strategically border State like Arunachal Pradesh.