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Arunachal CM pays courtesy call on PM

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, July 24 - Barely a week after taking over the reins of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has taken the �onus� upon himself to build a strong relationship with the Centre.

Khandu, on his maiden visit to New Delhi, made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7 Race Course residence today.

During the course of discussion that lasted for over 30 minutes, the Prime Minister assured whole-hearted support from the Central Government for development of India�s eastern-most State, according to a communiqu� from the CMO here.

Further, PM Modi advised that the new Government must work towards making Arunachal Pradesh an �Organic State� and focus on prominent sectors of tourism and hydropower that need to be harnessed sustainably.

The Prime Minister also laid emphasis on e-governance. He further emphasised on the importance of connectivity through road, rail and air to usher all-round development in the State. He also underscored that �development of the border State should not suffer at any cost�.

Drawing attention of the PM towards the current issue of floods creating havoc in the region, the Chief Minister elaborated on the grim situation in more than 24 villages in four districts of Arunachal Pradesh � Changlang, Lohit, Namsai and Lower Dibang Valley.

He requested the Prime Minister to depute an Inter-Ministerial team for immediate assessment of flood damages for further necessary action.

Khandu also extended an invite to the Prime Minister to visit Arunachal Pradesh possibly in the month of October or November next, which Modi gladly accepted, the communiqu� added.

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