ITANAGAR, Jan 5: In his efforts to capitalize on the vast potential of the State in the agriculture and horticulture sectors through industrialization, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh called on Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma in New Delhi on January 4, 2009. At the meeting, the Governor took up matters related to promotion of industries, especially small scale industries. He also highlighted various initiatives of the State Government in order to develop spirit of Industrial enterprise in the State. Gen Singh, who always has been advocating empowerment of people through industrialization and entrepreneurship, appealed to Sharma for his personal commitment and endorsement for sustained growth in productivity and for enhancing gainful employment by extending special attention to this Frontier State in these sectors by the Ministry.
To give much needed impetus to the efforts of the State Government and showcasing Arunachal Pradesh, Gen Singh extended invitation to the Union Minister to visit Arunachal and help in all possible ways for the much needed industrialization of the State. However, looking at the strengths of the State, the thrust areas should remain agriculture and horticulture-based industries.
Accepting the invitation, Sharma assured an official trip to the State in the immediate future and would explore the possibility of industrialization field or organic farming, arboriculture, honey bee farming, agriculture and horticulture. The Union Minister further said he will be sending a team of officials from Ministry of Commence and Industries to Arunachal Pradesh to explore further opportunities in this regard. THE SENTINEL