Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his address at the 11th Maitree Diwas Celebrations in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday stated that the government is planning to set up North East Industrial Corridor that will create numerous job opportunities for the people in the region. Rajnath Singh said, "The Arunachal Corridor will act as a land bridge between India and South East Asia that will provide employment opportunities and give a fillip to trade and tourism."
The Defence Minister underlined the special emphasis of the Government on the development of the North East region under the Act East Policy, adding “India is marching forward on the path of all-round progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi”. He said, “Road to ‘New India’ runs through ‘New North-East India’.”
According to an official press release, speaking on Maitree Diwas, which is showcasing the local culture as well as modern military demonstrations, including Helicopter flypast and weapon display, Rajnath Singh said, the festival symbolises the patriotism of the people of the region and their close relationship with the Armed Forces. He said, this civil-military friendship’ is an assurance that the nation’s borders are doubly safe. He called for oneness among people, civil administration, Police and Central Armed Police Forces to realise the dream of ‘New India’.
Delighted to attend the ‘Maitree Diwas’ celebrations at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh today. The people living in border areas are ‘strategic asset’ to our country.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) November 14, 2019
Maitree Diwas is the celebration of Civil-Army friendship which helps in strengthening India’s strategic interests. pic.twitter.com/AqSb0zofXq
He also urged the youth of the border state to actively join the Armed Forces. “The people of Arunachal Pradesh are known for their patriotism. My ministry will see that Army Recruitment Centres are set up in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, including Tawang,” he added. Rajnath Singh said, his Ministry is also planning to set up an Army Liaison Cell in Itanagar to facilitate cooperation with the Army for Operational purposes in Arunachal Pradesh. It will be a single-window entity for all issues, he said. Rajnath Singh visited Tawang War Memorial and offered tributes to the fallen soldiers who made supreme sacrifice during the War of 1962. He will end his day with Barakhana with troops. He is on a two-day visit to the North-Eastern state.