Natural resources untapped due to lack of initiatives: Khandu

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Itanagar, Aug 19 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has asserted that the state has abundant natural resources, but lack of timely initiatives on any viable policy had resulted in these resources not being explored.

Official sources said here today that addressing a meeting at Diyun in Changlang district yesterday, the Chief Minister reiterated his government's commitment to spearhead the development of the state on all fronts.

Regarding the state's upcoming new investor-friendly industrial policy, Mr Khandu announced that under this new policy, the state would exempt 99 per cent of the VAT for investors seeking to set up hotels, tourism, food-based and related industries in the state.

Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit a ''development watershed in the state's history'', Mr Khandu spoke of the 1,840 km Trans-Arunachal Highway from Tawang to Tirap, the four-lane highway to link Itanagar to Guwahati, the 32 km railway line from Harmuti to Itanagar, the Greenfield airport at Itanagar, the reactivation of the existing airports at Tezu, Aalo (Along), Ziro and Daporijo, the border villages illumination programme through mini hydro projects and the construction of the state secretariat and Assembly building.

''No stone will be left unturned to successfully implement the Prime Minister's package,'' Mr Khandu assured, adding that besides these projects under the package, other infrastructural projects had also been initiated.

He further informed that the entire Public Distribution System had been handed over to the cooperatives to ensure proper distribution of foodgrains.

Appealing for communal harmony, the Chief Minister urged the people to refrain from communal hatred and instead extend their collective support to make the state a leading one in the country, the sources added.

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