Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu at the first North East Food Show 2019 in Shillong, Meghalaya on Friday Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday said that his government is taking all possible steps to make way for investors from other states including foreign countries to invest in the state.

Speaking with reporters on the sidelines of the first North East Food Show 2019 in Shillong, Meghalaya, Khandu said that works on industrial corridor and railway lines along the state’s foothill areas, including airports and highways, are being taken up speedily.

Arunachal is steadily preparing itself to become an investor-friendly state, Khandu said.

The chief minister said special tax concessions and subsidies would be provided to investors to encourage investment to boost economy of the state.

He said an investors’ summit will soon be organised to encourage investors from and outside the state to invest in Arunachal.

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu at the first North East Food Show 2019 in Shillong, Meghalaya

Speaking on the upcoming mega Food Park in Arunachal, the chief minister said the project will not only boost food industry to develop but also help in getting thousands of youths to gain meaningful employment. He said the state government has provided all basic facilities such as road, water and electricity for the food park to be developed. He also informed that meeting has been held with promoters to get work done immediately on the ground.

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While congratulating the young entrepreneurs from Arunachal and the department of horticulture for putting up a good exhibition show, the chief minister said a report would be sought on the outcome of the exhibition from the department to give support of hand holding to the entrepreneurs from the state.

Addressing a formal meeting later in the day where dignitaries spoke on the importance of the North East Food Show, Khandu said the lack of market intelligence is one of the major challenges that the farmers of Arunachal are facing.

“The state is unable to optimally use its vast agriculture and horticulture potential despite huge land of 22 lakh hectares available for farming. Despite the challenge, state government is giving highest priority to development of agriculture and horticulture,” Khandu said.

He said various schemes including devolution of funds for deputy commissioner and huge loans are, however, being made available for the startup.

Earlier, the celebration of North East Food Show began with the ceremonial cake cutting in presence of Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma, Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb, Union MoS for Food Processing Industries Rameshwar Teli, Union MoS (Ind) for Sports Kiren Rijiju and other dignitaries.

Organised by the government of Meghalaya and SIAL, India, the North East Food Show is the region’s biggest food innovation exhibition.

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