Union Minister Piyush Goyal calls on Governor

ITANAGAR, Jul 9: Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt General (Retd) KT Parnaik at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

They discussed avenues for marketing of horticulture and textile and handicrafts products of Arunachal Pradesh in the national and international markets and promotion of indigenous products, a communiqué from the Raj Bhavan said.

The Governor said that many horticultural products, particularly Kiwi are cultivated in Arunachal Pradesh in large quantities. With assistance from the ministry, the farmers can earn a handsome amount, he said and suggested the Union Minister for freight trains and cold storage to enhance the socio-economic development of the State.

The Governor also highlighted the indigenous expertise in textiles and handicrafts amongst the local community of Arunachal Pradesh. He said that this expertise is unique and exclusive, and needs assistance and promotion as it would have a huge impact on the economic development of the people, particularly womenfolk, who are traditionally engaged in weaving. It was also agreed that skilling of youth from the State should confirm the industries being considered for establishment in the State.

The Union Minister assured the Governor to explore various ways and means to be an active partner in the progress of the people and the State from Commerce and Industry ministries, the communiqué added.

The Union Commerce & Industry Minister has on Monday attended Samvad-2024, the first outreach programme for investors and industry in the Northeast region, in Itanagar. Goyal engaged in a series of high-level meetings with state officials, business leaders, and local entrepreneurs to explore new opportunities for trade, investment, and sustainable development. He assured the local entrepreneurs of central government’s support in addressing their concerns and promoting entrepreneurship.

The Union Minister also launched the Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization (UNNATI) Scheme booklet and handed over registration certificates for the Modi government's policy for industrial development and employment generation in the Northeast. Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, and Deputy CM Chowna Mein also attended the event.