Source: News Bharati English06 Mar 2016 13:29:25

Guwahati, March 6: In wake of developing Hydro Projects in north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has sought the support of the Assam Government and the people of Assam and clarified that benefits of Hydro Power development will equally be reaped by Assam being the immediate neighbour apart from the development prospects of the affected areas.

Pul said this while interacting with Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya at Raj Bhawan, Guwahati, Assam on Saturday and stated that the hydropower projects would minimize the flood impact in Assam to a great extent.Informing the Governor that there had been differences of opinions or misconception in the minds of few sections of the society in Assam regarding hydro projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Pul clarified that benefits of Hydro Power development will equally be reaped by Assam being the immediate neighbour apart from the development prospects of the affected areas. He also made it clear that hydropower projects would minimize the flood impact in Assam to a great extent.

On the inter-state boundary row, Pul said that he believed in solving the differences mutually rather than going to court for settlement. As the two states have been a family sharing good and bad times together for ages together, people of both the sides must maintain the centuries old mutual trust, love and age-old relationship of bonhomie, CM maintained. He requested the Assam Governor to help both the states retain the brotherhood relationship they had been maintaining for long.

Pul also appealed to the people of both the states, especially those living along the inter-state boundary, to maintain calm and not get provoked by unscrupulous elements that may attempt to take advantage of the situation for vested interests. Both the neighbouring states should work hand in hand to sort out the differences if any to maintain peace, he asserted. He further revealed that he would soon make personal visits to these border areas and interact with the people on both the sides, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

The discussion also rounded up on the prevailing insurgency in the Northeast. Pul opined that the insurgency issue should be dealt with utmost care while respecting the sentiments of the locals or the organizations. “Respective governments should provide platforms for the misguided youths to come back to the mainstream and live a normal and dignified life. All issues and differences should be amicably discussed and solved without resorting to violence,” Pul said.

Governor Acharya advised Pul to introduce foreign languages in the universities and higher studies institutions of the state in view of Arunachal sharing strategic international borders with China, Bhutan and Myanmar. By doing so, you will help the country improve the bi-lateral relations, besides opening gates for border trade for economic growth of the region and improving the social as well as economic ties, said an official release adding that Pul assured to look into the possibilities. On invitation, Assam governor assured Pul to visit Arunachal Pradesh soon, the release added.

Assam has always been a parent and a big brother of Arunachal Pradesh, CM Pul said. It is for this reason that most of the Arunachalees can speak and understand Assamese while legend like Bhupen Hazarika and his melodious songs still reverberate and echo in the hills and valleys of the state, he added.

As a mark of respect to the great soul who is also a symbol of bond between the two states, the CM informed that Arunachal Government would immediately release Rs.1 crore to erect Bhupen Hazarika’s statue in the state capital region and in all the vital entry points of Assam-Arunachal border.