Governor calls for border area development

ITANAGAR, Oct 13: Governor Dr. BD Mishra called for a composite package for Arunachal Pradesh to develop infrastructure along the international border.
Addressing the concluding day of the 48th Conference of Governors at Rashtrpati Bhawan in New Delhi, the Governor highlighted the areas, which needed attention of the Centre, including security, connectivity and tourism.
“Arunachal Pradesh is a border State sharing boundary with Bhutan, China and Myanmar. There is an urgent need to focus on development of socio-economic infrastructure in the border villages. People of these villages serve a vital purpose of keeping the border intact,” he said.
While drawing attention of the Centre on internal security problems in the eastern part of the State, the Governor emphasized on the need for more focus on developmental activities in those.
To shun away the dual menace of opium consumption and induction of unemployed youth in insurgent groups, there is a requirement of a comprehensive package for development of the three districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding, Dr. Mishra said.
Underscoring the lack of private jobs in the State, which is a huge challenge for youth, the Governor called for setting up of Entrepreneurship Development Centres in each district of the State to facilitate ‘Start Ups’.
Stating that Arunachal Pradesh is the only State Capital, which is not in the Air route map of the country, the Governor called for ensuring effective air connectivity in the State at the earliest. He also stressed on operationalization of the Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) under UDAN scheme
The Governor also emphasized on the mobile and internet connectivity in the State.
He said that all the schemes pertaining to financial inclusion, digital India and Aadhar convergence are lagging behind due to poor mobile and internet connectivity.
The Governor also stressed on meaningfully tapping the spiritual tourism potential of the State and scientific methods in dealing with natural disaster.
The two-day conference was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.
Governors and Lt. Governors, Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union Ministers attended the inaugural function.
The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the concluding session.
Important issues of the States and best practices of the Raj Bhavans were discussed and shared respectively on the day. (PRO to Raj Bhawan)