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North East Industrial Corridor soon: Rajnath in ‘Maitree Diwas’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended ‘Maitree Diwas’ in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh and assured his govt planning to set up North East Industrial Corridor
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: "Government is planning to set up North East Industrial Corridor that will create numerous job opportunities for the people of the region," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his address at the 11th Maitree Diwas Celebrations in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh today. The Arunachal Corridor will act as a land bridge between India and South East Asia that will provide employment opportunities and give a fillip to trade and tourism, Singh added. The minister underlined the special emphasis of the govt on the development of the North East region under the Act East Policy, adding “India is marching forward on the path of all-round progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Road to ‘New India’ runs through ‘New North-East India’.” Reaffirming Government’s commitment to improving connectivity in border areas, the minister said, approval to construct a tunnel at Sela Pass to Tawang, operationalisation of Pasighat Airport, nod to set up Hollongi Airport near Itanagarand work to establish three strategic Railway lines in the region are some of the decisions in that direction. He said the projects will provide all-weather connectivity to the local population, facilitate the movement of the Armed Forces and give a boost to tourism. He also lauded the Five-Year Road Plan of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu under which all the existing inter-state and inter-district roads will be upgraded to State highway specifications by 2024. Speaking on Maitree Diwas, which is showcasing the local culture as well as modern military demonstrations, including Helicopter flypast and weapon display, Singh said, the festival symbolises the patriotism of the people of the region and their close relationship with the Armed Forces. He said, this civil-military friendship’ is an assurance that the nation’s borders are doubly safe. He called for oneness among people, civil administration, Police and Central Armed Police Forces to realise the dream of ‘New India’. He also urged the youth of the border state to actively join the Armed Forces. “The people of Arunachal Pradesh are known for their patriotism. My ministry will see that Army Recruitment Centres are set up in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, including Tawang,” he added. The defence ministry is also planning to set up an Army Liaison Cell in Itanagar to facilitate cooperation with the Army for Operational purposes in Arunachal Pradesh which will be a single-window entity for all issues, he further said. The two-day socio-military cultural extravaganza is jointly organised by the Indian Army, Tawang Civil Administration and volunteers at the High-Altitude Stadium, which stands as a testimony to the spirit of solidarity and patriotic fervour that runs deep amongst the locals of Tawang district. The defence minister was the chief guest of the event, which was jointly inaugurated by Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan. Later, Singh visited Tawang War Memorial and offered tributes to the fallen soldiers who made supreme sacrifice during the War of 1962.