ITANAGAR, March 25 - The Indian Army has offered to help Arunachal Pradesh in developing the tourism sector to make the hilly State a sought-after destination for tourists.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 56 Infantry Division of Indian Army, Major General Ajay Kumar Vig called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his office here recently and discussed ways to promote tourism in Arunachal and the Army�s role in the endeavour.
Khandu thanked Maj Gen Vig, who took over as the GOC of the Likabali-based 56 Infantry Division only a month ago, for his keen interest in promotion of tourism in Arunachal Pradesh and his offer to coordinate with the State Government in this regard.
The Chief Minister underscored the significant role the Army can play by providing training in the hospitality and adventure sports sectors. Besides, he pointed out that the Army�s presence in almost all tourist circuits of the State, offers ample scope for its contribution towards development of tourism.
Khandu informed the GOC that he had met GOC-in-Chief, Eastern Command, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan and discussed in detail the role the Army can play in promoting Arunachal as a tourist destination in the country. He expressed the hope that with Lt Gen Chauhan�s vision and Maj Gen Vig�s interest, a concrete plan would soon be chalked out that would take the tourism industry of the State to the next level.
The Chief Minister observed that the Army can play a pivotal role in areas like hospitality, housekeeping, white water rafting, parasailing, etc., that have a huge potential in the State�s tourism sector.