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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day said that fron­tier state of Arunachal Pradesh is the gate­way of In­dia’s se­cu­rity and his gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted not only to en­sure its safety and se­cu­rity but also to put in on a fast-track to de­vel­op­ment.

Ad­dress­ing his first pub­lic meet­ing at Itana­gar, Mr Modi said, “Arunachal Pradesh is In­dia’s pride…it is In­dia’s gate­way, and I as­sure you all that we will not just en­sure its safety and se­cu­rity, but also put in on a fast-track to de­vel­op­ment.”

Re­gret­ting that pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment ig­nored the strate­gic im­por­tance of the fron­tier states, Mr Modi said that dream of new In­dia could be ac­com­plished only when north­east de­vel­ops.

Re­fer­ring his tweet ask­ing tourists to share their ex­pe­ri­ences on so­cial me­dia while vis­it­ing North­east, Mr Modi said that re­sponse was over­whelm­ing and in­for­ma­tive as well.

“Tourism sec­tor has a huge po­ten­tial in a state like Arunachal Pradesh. With its beauty it can mes­mer­ize peo­ple who visit here. There is po­ten­tial for new em­ploy­ment av­enues for the state’s youths,” he said.

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