ITANAGAR, Feb 17 � The Union Minister for Development of North East Region (DoNER) Paban Singh Ghatowar has reiterated Centre�s commitment for development of the Northeastern region including Arunachal Pradesh.
Score of ambitious projects have been sanctioned for the Himalayan State in particular and the region as a whole, the Union Minister said while addressing the revelers on the occasion of Oriah festival of Wancho tribe at Kanubari in Tirap district yesterday.
Informing that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi were genuinely concerned for the people of the entire North East and that many ambitious projects have been sanctioned for Arunachal in particular and the North East in general, the Minister further said plans are afoot for construction of border roads in order to improve connectivity in border areas.
While greeting the people on the festive occasion, Ghatowar appreciated the various ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for keeping their cultural heritage alive. Wanchos are proud inheritors of rich and varied traditional culture, he said and appealed them to shoulder responsibility of preserving their age-old traditions for the posterity.
He also asked the misguided youths who had chosen the path of violence to return to the mainstream. �Violence only brings untold miseries and only peace can bring all round development�, he added.
While responding to a public memorandum, Ghatowar assured to address the grievances on priority.
Earlier, the Minister inaugurated a steel truss girder bridge over Radang river on the Kanubari-Hasse-Russa road.
Arunachal Minister N Tingkhatra informed the DoNER Minister that many infrastructure development schemes including road connectivity could not be implemented in many parts of Kanubari area due to paucity of fund as Arunachal was a resource-crunched State.