Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has called upon the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) ministry to introduce the north-eastern states in the national curriculum to create greater awareness and promote fraternity among all Indians.

Khandu made the appeal when he called on DoNER, Culture and Tourism minister G Kishan Reddy at the national capital on Friday.

During the call on Khandu said the North Eastern Council (NEC) should act as a think tank of the region for the creation of ideas and promoting overall development.

He further requested the minister to take up comprehensive infrastructure and development schemes for border areas to mitigate migration from border villages.

Khandu suggested developing model villages with all basic amenities in the border areas so that it benefits the local populace and promotes tourism in the region.

He also urged the union minister to support Arunachal in preserving its culture and traditions.

Continuing his meetings with union ministers, Khandu called on two more ministers on the day.

During his call on Sports and Youth Affairs minister Anurag Thakur, Khandu briefed about the sports scenario of the state. He informed the minister that Arunachal Pradesh has tremendous potential in sports activities.

“The youth in the state have taken sports as a career option which is in fact a positive sign,” Khandu said while underscoring inadequate infrastructure and facilities as bottlenecks in the sports sector of the state.

The chief minister requested Thakur to address the issue and release funds pending with the ministry under various heads.

Khandu later called on Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri at Nirman Bhawan during which he placed a request for financial requirements on the Urban Tourism Infrastructure Development Plan for 12 tourist circuits of the state.

He also requested the ministry to consider implementing a GIS-based integrated drainage master plan for the capital region besides seeking relaxation for Arunachal Pradesh on eligibility under AMRUT scheme.

Khandu also discussed pending petroleum exploration licenses and petroleum mining lease of petroleum blocks in Arunachal Pradesh and promotion and mining activities in the state. He extended gratitude to the minister for facilitating support from PSUs during COVID under various corporate social responsibility programmes.

Matters such as the establishment of a nursing college in Itanagar, support for the development of the state through PSUs and establishment of storage depots of petroleum products in few locations of the state were also discussed in the meeting.

All the Union ministers assured to lend all possible support to the state.

Khandu was accompanied by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar during the call-on.

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