The request was made by Chief Minister Kalikho Pul during his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi yesterday, an official communique said here today.

Pul said the request for the one-time grant must not be considered on economic costs of development involved but for "confidence building initiatives" that must be taken with respect to Arunachal Pradesh as a strategic border state.

"The economic package is not merely an investment for development of the state, but it is an investment for the country," he cited.

The appeal for the package was based on the Raghuram Rajan committee report for evolving a composite development index of states which identifies Arunachal Pradesh as among the 'least developed' states in India.

The Chief Minister said it was time to move beyond the rhetoric of Arunachal Pradesh as an integral part of the country and to initiate real development on the ground. To acheive that special concession must be granted to the state due to its hard terrain and strategic importance.

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