Arunachal seeks Centre's support to attract investments

The Arunachal Pradesh governmenthas sought the Centres assistance as the state looks to boostits industrial sector and generate employment opportunities,officials said on Friday.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, in a letter to PrimeMinister Narendra Modi on Thursday, has solicited the supportof the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade(DPIIT) for attracting investments to the state, officials atthe chief ministers office said.

“The state government has accorded high priority tothe development of industry, which in turn would increaseeconomic activities and create jobs,” the CM wrote.

A marathon virtual meeting was subsequently arrangedduring the day between state and central government officials,in which representatives from Arunachal Pradesh underlined thekey strengths of its industrial sector to DPIIT SecretaryGuruprasad Mohapatra.


Invest India CEO Deepak Bagla was also present at themeeting, the officials said.

Planning and Investment Commissioner Prashant Lokhandegave a detailed presentation on the states investmentopportunities, with focus on availability of land, improvedconnectivity and abundant natural resources.

He pointed out some of the priority sectors such asagro-forest and food processing industry, tourism, power andrenewable energy, have good investment potential, and assertedthat the state would provide all possible facilities to theprospective investors.

Bagla, during the meeting, assured support to theofficials, and said his agency would create a special cell forpromoting investment in Arunachal Pradesh.

Invest India will also launch a dedicated website tohighlight opportunities in the northeast, he said.

Officials from the ministries of DONER, Railways, RoadTransport, Civil Aviation, Tourism, Food Processingindustries, Textiles, Electronics and Information Technologyamong others gave assurances that they would extend support tothe state to expedite necessary infrastructure creation.

Stressing that the states food processing sector, ifput to use for creating mini food parks and cold chains, wouldturn out to be of immense value, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumarurged the central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) to aidArunachal as anchor investors.

With focused attention, the communicationinfrastructure including rail, road and air connectivity hasimproved significantly and the state is now at a “take-offstage” to receive investments, the chief secretary said.

Mohapatra, on his part, appreciated the efforts madeby Arunachal Pradesh in strengthening its infrastructure andsaid DPIIT and the Centre would lend full support to the statein its endeavour.

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