ITANAGAR, Jul 9: Union Minister of Minority Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday announced the release of Rs 35 crore in financial assistance as the Central Share to Arunachal Pradesh for ongoing projects under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK).

Rijiju, who arrived here to attend the BJP’s extended state executive meeting, said his ministry will soon sanction various new schemes for the state.

“During a review meeting of all the ongoing schemes related to my ministry, Chief Minister Pema Khandu directed the officials concerned to go for geo-tagging of the completed and incomplete programmes, and submit the utilisation certificates to the Centre for sanction of more funds,” Rijiju told reporters here.

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minority Affairs said he has sanctioned two more projects – upgradation of a community playground at Changlang district and upgradation of a school at Upper Subansiri district – at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore.

“I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that welfare schemes of my ministry reach every nook and corner of the state. Funds will be provided from the ministry for various projects including in the sports and health sector,” he said.

Rijiju said efforts would be made to impart skill development training to youths of the state, and job opportunities would be created through establishment of ‘hunar huts’ in every district where tribal communities can sell their handloom products.

“My ministry will also establish facility centres for empowerment of women through the state’s Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs (SJETA) Department, besides providing budgetary support,” he said.

“Being the Lok Sabha MP from the state, I will help Arunachal Pradesh in getting funds from other ministries, too. The pace of developmental work here will get a new dimension in the third term of Narendra Modi government,” Rijiju said.

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