Legacy of Hope

India Today - - THE STATE OF THE STATES - by Kaushik Deka

Arunachal Pradesh owes its suc­cess to the good work done by former chief min­is­ter Jar­bom Gamlin and his pre­de­ces­sor, the late Dor­jee Khandu. The Rs 24,000-crore eco­nomic pack­age an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh in De­cem­ber 2010 was the best New Year gift the state got in decades. The state is all set to have a 1,559-km long two-lane high­way, an air­port and a rail­way link from As­sam.

Pri­vate play­ers were wooed to har­ness hy­dro-power by in­vest­ing Rs 2,94,000 crore over the next decade. Khandu re­vived the sta­te­owned APEX Co­op­er­a­tive Bank. He also got the Food Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia to open its re­gional head of­fice in Itanagar. “These changed the ru­ral econ­omy,” says former fi­nance min­is­ter Ka­likho Pul.

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