Arunachal Pradesh an integral part of India: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that Arunachal Pradesh has always been an integral part of India and will remain so and the Chinese map showing the northeastern state as its part will not change the reality.

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 15:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has
said that Arunachal Pradesh has always been an integral part
of India and will remain so and the Chinese map showing the
northeastern state as its part will not change the reality.

This "simple fact" was conveyed by the Prime Minister
to a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Students` Union which
met him here yesterday, AAPSU president Takam Tatung said.

"Arunachal Pradesh has always been an integral part of
India and will remain so," Tatung quoted Singh as saying.

On the issue of China issuing stapled visa to residents
of Arunachal Pradesh, Singh said the Centre was putting its
sincere efforts to solve the problem at the earliest.

The Prime Minister said Arunachal Pradesh cannot remain
in isolation and the fruit of development should reach there
like the rest of the country.

"During my visit to Arunachal Pradesh in 2008, creation
of infrastructure in the state had been outlined and our
governments both at the Centre and in the state are doing best
to accelerate the pace of development," Tatung said quoting
the Prime Minister.

The AAPSU delegation also brought to the notice of the
Prime Minister the decades-old Chakma-Hajong issue in the
state, insurgency in Tirap and Changlang, Assam-Arunachal
boundary row and mechanism to monitor proper implementation of
all the government schemes in the state, Tatung added.

PTI