Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the state government would give account of every penny granted by the central government.
Modi was in Itanagar on Thursday and inaugurated the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre, dedicated the state civil secretariat building to the nation and laid foundation of the academic block of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS).
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister in his tweet said, “Thank you Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji for dedicating the Arunachal civil secretariat building to the people of the state today. The new office building has digital technology at its central part and will speed up the administrative work in the state.”
“It is the responsibility of Team Arunachal to give account of every penny spent from the government exchequer and we will do it,” Khandu asserted.
The Chief Minister also said despite abundant resources, Arunachal Pradesh is still a resource-crunch state due to lack of proper and sound policies implemented by the earlier state governments.
“Our youths have the potential to excel in all fields and take the state forward rapidly. We need to give them opportunity through programs and policies and a corruption-free government,” he said.
Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for taking time out from his hectic schedule to visit the state twice in three years, Khandu said no other Prime Minister ever did that. He said due to Modi’s love and care for the North East, the dynamics of the region has taken a complete overhaul.
Khandu said during the erstwhile regime of the Congress, Northeastern states had to visit New Delhi at least twice a month with their respective issues and problems. However, after the Modi government assumed office at the Center, New Delhi comes to the North East at least once in every month, he said.
Citing connectivity as the only means to all round development of the state, the Chief Minister emphasized the need to have an airport in the state capital. He requested the Prime Minister to consider sympathetically to the proposal for a greenfield airport at Hollongi near here.
He also sought assistance for revamping and restoring old government infrastructure like offices, quarters and other assets that were built during the NEFA times and have long outgrown their shelf life.