New Delhi, October 24: "I believe robust connectivity will solve all issues of Arunachal Pradesh” cited Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar during a meeting which discussed and reviewed the development projects of the Arunachal Pradesh along with the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other High Officials.
Rajiv Kumar highlighted that connectivity as the critical constraint for the development of Arunachal Pradesh and urged the state to work on it with a proper vision and plan. "I believe robust connectivity will solve all issues of the state and therefore, the state government with all its machinery, has to singularly focus on this issue together with Niti Aayog for a road forward," Kumar said.
He asked the state government to constitute a Task Force and evolve a white paper on how to go about dealing with this ‘constraint’ in a time-bound manner.
“You need to have a clear-cut vision document and a time-bound action plan. We at Niti Aayog will bring all relevant ministries on the table and make a roadmap for Arunachal Pradesh in this direction. Everything will follow once the issue of connectivity is resolved,” he said.
Appreciating Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s proposal to host a regional conference of the Niti Aayog to be attended by all the North Eastern states, Kumar said it would be a perfect platform for the states to put their respective white papers on their needs, priorities and the action plans to achieve these.
“You can call it as New Arunachal Mission 2022 that will give a concrete roadmap and its implementation in a time-bound manner. This will sync with the Prime Minister’s vision for a new India by 2022 when development will take the shape of a mass movement and not remain confined to elites or governments,” Kumar said.