Rajnath Singh attends ‘Maitree Diwas’ in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Government is planning to set up North East Industrial Corridor that will create numerous job opportunities for the people of the region. This was stated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during his address at the 11th Maitree Diwas Celebrations in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.

The Defence Minister said the Arunachal Corridor will act as a land bridge between India and South East Asia that will provide employment opportunities and give fillip totrade and tourism.

Rajnath Singh underlined the special emphasis of the Government on the development of the North East region under the Act East Policy, adding “India is marching forward on the path of all-round progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi”. He said, “Road to ‘New India’ runs through ‘New North-East India’.”

Speaking on Maitree Diwas, which is showcasing the local culture as well as modern military demonstrations, including Helicopter flypast and weapon display, Rajnath Singh said, the festival symbolises the patriotism of the people of the region and their close relationship with the Armed Forces. He said, this ‘civil-military friendship’ is an assurance that the nation’s borders are doubly safe. He called for oneness among people, civil administration, Police and Central Armed Police Forces to realise the dream of ‘New India’.

He also urged the youth of the border state to actively join the Armed Forces. “The people of Arunachal Pradesh are known for their patriotism. My ministry will see that Army Recruitment Centres are set up in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, including Tawang,” he added.

The two-day socio-military cultural extravaganza is jointly organised by the Indian Army, Tawang Civil Administration and volunteers at the High-Altitude Stadium, which stands as a testimony to the spirit of solidarity and patriotic fervour that runs deep amongst the locals of Tawang district.

Later, Singh visited Tawang War Memorial and offered tributes to the fallen soldiers who made supreme sacrifice during the War of 1962.