Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said that Assam and Arunachal have in principle agreed to sort out the inter-state boundary issue out-of-court, for which the state government has already started its homework.

Participating in a virtual meet convened by newly appointed DoNER minister G K Reddy, Khandu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have stressed that the inter-state boundary issue be resolved amicably and suggested an out-of-court solution.

“Inter-state boundary issue has been long pending. I have discussed it with my Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma and we have agreed to go for an out-of-court solution to all issues related to our boundary.

“In fact, we have already started working on the ground. If everything goes well in the next few months, we may see some concrete results towards instilling peace permanently along our boundaries,” he said.

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Speaking on the main agenda of the meeting – North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC) – Khandu said the state government accords top priority to partnering with NESAC for technology support in all developmental works.

“Amit Shah, who is also the President of NESAC Society, has insisted on utilizing the expertise of NESAC (based in Shillong) by the North Eastern states. Therefore, we have identified nine key areas to work under NESAC,” he said.

Some of these areas include development of model villages along the international border areas, identifying suitable land for agriculture and horticulture activities, identifying degrading forest covers, border fencing, etc.

The chief minister gave details of important programs under implementation and said the Jal Jivan Mission that assures tap water supply to every household will be completed by 2022 in Arunachal, a year ahead of the national target.

“Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, 5688 dwelling units have been approved for our state, which we will complete in a time bound manner,” he said.

Expressing concern over NITI Ayog’s report on the state’s poor education scenario, Khandu said the state government has launched its Mission Shiksha that aims to completely overhaul the scenario in the next few years.

“As far as facilitating investment in the state, we have enacted the Ease of Doing Business Act. Soon we will have in place a single window clearance portal and centralized inspection system, which would make the process a lot simpler and faster for investors,” he said.

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In order to maintain the state’s greenery, he said the state government is committed to do plantations in 80000 hectares of land in the next five years. The program is in full swing with the help of NEC, he added.

Raising the COVID situation of the state, Khandu admitted the steady rise of positive cases in the state. He informed that a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) is being convened tomorrow (Friday) and the way forward would be decided.

“Our fight against COVID will be based on the five pillars suggested by our PM – testing, tracking, treating, vaccination and covid appropriate behaviour,” he said.

Before concluding, Khandu impressed upon the DoNER ministry to consider establishment of a world class diagnostic lab in Dibrugarh, Upper Assam, that would benefit both Arunachal and Assam.

“Fortunately, we have land available in Dibrugarh allotted by the Government of Assam. We will be happy to donate if this lab comes up,” he said.

Meanwhile, Khandu expressed optimism that the North East would gain much under GK Reddy, who also holds the important portfolios of Tourism and Culture, two most important sectors with regard to the North East.

The meeting was attended by MoS DoNER B L Verma, MoS (Ind) Science and Technology and former DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh, chief ministers of North Eastern states and officials of NEC and NESAC.

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