Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday apprised Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman on the financial status of the State and sought financial assistance for critical social sectors like health and education on Tuesday.
Khandu along with his deputy Chowna Mein called on the minister at New Delhi and urged for financial assistance for upgrade and development of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Science (TRIHMS) including making operational the tertiary care cancer treatment centre in the institute, an official communique informed.
The Chief Minister also urged assistance for establishment of the Ayurveda Medical College, Pharmacy College and funding for establishment of AIIMS like autonomous institution in the State. On the education sector, Khandu sought assistance for meeting the infrastructure gap informing that the Central Government schemes on education have helped the State Government only to a certain extent. The Chief Minister said piecemeal approach at infrastructure upgradation has not helped much and urged for transformational intervention and not incremental one.
Besides education and health sectors, Pema Khandu also sought intervention for a massive development thrust especially for insurgency infested areas of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and for development of border areas along the India-China border. The Chief Minister also sought maximum funding for construction of the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi stating that Arunachal is the only State in India that does not have airport in its State capital. Also to foster economic resilience and to make financial services at affordable cost to all individuals and businesses in the State, Khandu sought assistance for financial inclusion to benefit farmers, unemployed youths, senior citizens and all needy people, the communique added.