Amit Shah: Arunachal Ratna on the crown of India; People say ‘Jai Hind’

Describing Arunachal Pradesh as the “jewel of India’s crown”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday stressed that the people of the northeastern state bordering China greeted each other with “Jai Hind” instead of the patriotic and usual “Namaste”. Shah, while addressing a rally after signing a memorandum of understanding between the Arunachal Pradesh government and the National Defense University (NDU) to set up a campus at Pasighat in East Siang district, said the institution would provide youth. The state gives the opportunity to serve the country.

“Whenever we come to Arunachal Pradesh, we come back with strength and patriotism. There is probably no place in the country other than Arunachal Pradesh where people greet each other with ‘Joy Hind’ instead of the usual ‘Namaste’,” Shah said.

He said NDU would have its second campus in Arunachal Pradesh after Gujarat.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has established two famous universities in the country – the National Defense University and the National Forensic Science University.

“The Defense University will create trained manpower for the army and paramilitary forces. The youth of Arunachal Pradesh are not only patriotic but also physically fit. The institution will give them the opportunity to serve their country,” the Union Home Minister said.

He said the Rs 1,180 crore project has either been completed or will be inaugurated soon.

A total of 33,466 families and 800 self-help groups in the state have benefited through various start-ups worth Rs 394 crore, where 22 projects worth Rs 436 crore have been completed and inaugurated during the day and another 25 projects worth Rs 350 crore will be launched soon. He said.

Shah inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 40 projects worth about Rs 1,000 crore during the day.

He said the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri hydropower project would be commissioned by 2023 and would greatly benefit the state. Work on the 2,880-megawatt Dibang multipurpose project, the world’s largest, will begin soon, while work on the 600-megawatt Kameng project is already underway.

Shah said that when Chief Minister Pema Khandu took over, the state’s annual budget was only Rs 12,500 crore, but now it has increased to Rs 26,000 crore. Similarly, the state’s GDP has tripled from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.

“About 3,000 villages have 4G connections while plans are afoot to expand to another 1,680 villages,” he said.

He said that under the Border Village Illumination Program, work was underway to provide street lighting in 700 villages and construction of foot tracks in the border areas.

“When the country celebrates 100 years of independence, the northeastern states will be on par with other parts of the country in terms of development,” he said.

“For Prime Minister Modi, development should start with Arunachal Pradesh. During the COVID-19 epidemic, he directed that vaccines should be supplied to Arunachal Pradesh first and now the state is free from infection,” the Union Home Minister said.

Shah, who laid the foundation stone of the 51-foot-bronze statue of sage Parashuram at Parashuram Kund in Lohit district on Saturday evening, said the place has immense potential to attract tourists.

“In five years, Parashuram Kund will become a major tourist destination in the country where a railway line will be connected. A study is underway for the project,” he said.

Shah said the NDA government has launched development initiatives in the state and now it has good roads, railways, air and digital connections and soon Itanagar will get a greenfield airport.

He said projects worth Rs 950 crore under the non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR), projects worth Rs 835 crore under the North East Council (NEC) and projects worth Rs 825 crore under the DoNER ministry were underway in the state.

After the ceremony, he chaired a closed-door security review meeting with army and paramilitary forces and attended a banquet with officers before leaving for Delhi.

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