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Addressing a gathering, Mr. Advani said that ``justice has not been done to Arunachal Pradesh. I am convinced about this. The State has been burdened with a Rs. 200 crore debt servicing liability for no fault of its.''
Amid applause, the Deputy Prime Minister announced the conversion of the Rs. 200 crore liability to a grant. Arunachal Pradesh is far from Delhi but not far from its heart, he said.
It had suffered historical losses following Delhi's decision not to build infrastructure after the 1962 war for fear that it could benefit the `enemy', but the situation had changed now, he said, emphatically adding that he was aware of the problems plaguing the State as highlighted by the Chief Minister, Gegong Apang, in his memorandum.
Considering the neighbour a friendly country, Mr. Advani said the attitude of the country had changed as was apparent during the Prime Minsiter, A.B. Vajpayee's recent visit to China. He said the state would greatly benefit from this change.
Arunachal Pradesh has a 1,080-km long international border with China. UNI
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