Think seriously on China's claim over Arunachal: Khandu

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Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh), Nov 23 (UNI) Expressing concern over China's repeated claims over the territory of Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today urged the Centre to make its stand clear on the issue to remove fear among the people.

'' We have nothing to do with China as we have no relation with that country from the very beginning,'' he commented while addressing the first day of the three-day mega tourism event- Buddha Mahotsava being celebrated in the state for the seventh consecutive year.

He reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh never shared any border with China and urged Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh to apprise the Centre to initiate necessary measures to resolve the Indo-Sino border issue.

However, Mr Ramesh informed that the Centre had already initiated several rounds of talks with China and said that the relation between the two Asian giants was fast improving.

'' Remove your fear and concentrate on developmental activities.

Arunachal may be far from Delhi but not from our heart,'' Mr Ramesh said adding that Arunachal would continue to remain an integral part of India.

Highlighting the various potentials of the state, Mr Khandu urged the Centre to translate the 'Look East Policy' into a reality so that Arunachal could progress in various sectors.

Appreciating the Centre's commitment for development of Arunachal, the Chief Minister informed that an amount of Rs 1100 crore would be allocated to his state by the Centre under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyut Karan Yojana (RGGVY) by January next. An amount of Rs 201 crore was sanctioned this year by the Centre to the state under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), he added.

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