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Arunachal seeks special financial package for TCL dists

 ITANAGAR, June 23 - Arunachal Pradesh has sought a Rs 1,524 crore special package from the Centre for augmenting the socio-economic condition of the people in insurgency-infested districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL).

 Attending the pre-Budget consultation meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at New Delhi on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein pleaded with the Centre to consider the Arunachal Pradesh Government’s proposal of Rs 1,524.17 crore as a fresh special package for Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts to generate employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the local people, develop their vocational and traditional skills in order to wean away the youth from taking the path of violence and extortion.

Mein further called for incorporating in the Union Budget 2019-20 a composite package of Rs 4,690.08 crore for infrastructure development of the border villages along Indo-China border. He also requested to retain the allocation of Rs 80 crore as LFY under BADP, which has been reduced to Rs 65 crore as tentative allocation.

Citing that health & education being State Government’s priority sectors, Mein said an additional investment of Rs 6,000 crore is required to upgrade and develop the infrastructure of all health centres, hospitals, training centres, hostel and accommodation facilities, including that of Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS), the only Medical College in the State, with a 300-bed capacity. He also placed demand to consider funding for establishment of an AIIMS-like autonomous institution in the State.

In Education sector, he sought an special assistance of Rs 1,349.13 crore with budgetary provisions in the up-coming Union Budget specifically for development of educational infrastructure (including Retro Fittings) in order to improve the Education scenario and bridge all the necessary gaps.

Mentioning that the State Govt is committed to start and complete the Greenfield Airport at Holongi, he further requested the Centre to sanction the balance amount of Rs 645.66 crore for early completion of the project and to place it under budgetary provisions in the upcoming Union Budget. “Allocation under NESIDS and NEC sponsored schemes may also be enhanced for infrastructure development in the State in a time-bound manner,” Mein said.

Earlier, while placing the State requirements, the Dy CM said the people of Arunachal Pradesh have great expectations and hope of achieving their dreams in financial inclusion and in development of infrastructure in various sectors, strengthening of security forces, awarding suitably for being a carbon sink State, providing alternative funding in lieu of externally aided projects and many more.

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