Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

Guwahati: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has accused China of objecting to foreign funding from international financial institutions, which in turn is taking a toll on its economy.

While addressing the gathering at the inaugural ceremony of the 10th Tawang Maitree Diwas in Tawang on Wednesday, the CM lashed out at China saying Arunachal was the only state facing such a fund blockade. However, he added that this can be overcome by taking advantage of the huge presence of the armed forces and the central paramilitary forces in the state.

Lauding the bonhomie between the local people and the armed forces, the CM said residents can find a market in the Indian army as more than 2 lakh personnel are posted in the state.

The CM also said that he would take up the issue with the defence ministry to work out a plan for the Army to buy local produce. Khandu further added that such a model would mitigate the menace of middlemen.

Khandu was in Tawang for the festival of friendship. “The Army has helped Tawang become a tourism hot spot and the friendship between the local people and the Army is exemplary for rest of the state,” he added.

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