People living on borders no ordinary citizens but strategic assets: Rajnath

TAWANG: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday described people living on borders as no ordinary citizens but India’s “strategic assets” and said the road to a ‘new India’ as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi runs through a “new North-East”.

The Union Government is working on a north-east industrial corridor to develop Arunachal Pradesh as a land bridge for South East Asia, he said.

Addressing the ‘Maitree Diwas’ celebrations here to boost civil-military friendship in the region bordering China, Singh said people living here are important to the country strategically.

He noted that inhabitants of the Ladakh region had given the first information about Pakistan’s infiltration into Kargil. (AGENCIES)