ITANAGAR, Oct 8: State Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra has on Sunday called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at New Delhi and briefed him on the issues of national security and raising of new units of National Cadet Corps.
The Governor, who was on a five-day official tour to the national capital, requested the Defence Minister for early despatch of officers selected for the State to fill in the existing vacancy. He also requested the Defence Minister for waiving off the Rs 280.62 crore dues which the Arunachal Government has to pay to the Indian Air Force.
The Defence Minister, on his part, assured the Governor to personally look into the State’s request for an early finalization. Mishra also invited the Defence Minister for attending the Maitri Diwas function in 2nd week of November.
The Governor also met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh the same day and discussed various ongoing projects of DoNER in Arunachal Pradesh.
During the meeting, the Governor requested the Union Minister for his personal indulgence for speedy development of infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh by increasing the flow of budgetary financing for new infrastructure projects.
He suggested for providing support under the Central Pool, with projects in physical infrastructure and social infrastructure sectors such as roads & bridges, education, health, water supply and sanitation etc on priority. He also suggested that follow up action must be initiated after the recent NEC plenary at Guwahati, particularly on power projects and construction of Hollongi Airport.
The Governor reiterated the State’s request for the independent cadre for Arunachal Pradesh of All India Services.
Continuing his endeavour to expedite the starting of border trade at Pangsau Pass in Changlang district, the Governor met Secretary, Department of Border Management, Govt of India, Brij Raj Sharma. They discussed about the time frame within which the border trade at Pangsau Pass could be expedited.