‘Assam and Arunachal must work together to achieve development’

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday has said that Assam and its neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh must work together for the overall growth of the region.

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Taking part at the mega Ali Aye Ligang festival celebrations of the Mishings along with Solung festival of the Adi community at Mebo, East Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh, Sonowal said the northeast region must take advantage of the central government funds.

“Assam and Arunachal Pradesh both must work together while keeping the age-old ties between the two states intact to achieve all-round development. Both these states are rich in biodiversity and they must harness these potentials for achieving rapid development of the region,” said the CM.

Urging the youths of Arunachal Pradesh to work towards harnessing the state’s agriculture, horticulture, hydrology and tourism potentials to usher in a period of rapid development in all spheres of north-eastern region, Sonowal called for united effort for achieving the goals of growth and prosperity.

Only through active cooperation and joint initiatives, the region can bring development to all sections of its people and become the ‘Astalaxmi’ of the nation as Prime Minister Modi has envisioned, he said.

Saying that to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of northeast becoming the new engine of growth for the nation there is greater need of unity among the states, Sonowal stated the region must strive towards taking advantage of central government’s Act East policy to take NE into the high growth trajectory.

He also spoke about PM’s vision to make the northeast an organic hub and the need to take joint initiatives by all the states of the region to protect the rich biodiversity and ecology of the northeast.

“Renewed thrust of the central government on cultural and trade exchanges with the ASEAN countries would benefit the region immensely and youth of the region must prepare themselves to take advantage of this transformation,” he added.

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