He said that the process would be reversed for states to generate resources to speed up development by doing away with the special category state status.

"As per new criteria of tax devolution by the 14th Finance Commission, Arunachal will get four times higher allocation (Rs 7,231 crore)," Rijiju said while talking to media on the sidelines of the 'Arunachal Panorama' (Festival of Unity in Diversity) at Rajiv Gandhi University at Doimukh, near here.

However, he expressed apprehension about the state having the capacity to absorb such huge funds.
"The funds allocated are surrendered while utilisation certificates remain pending all the times," he said.

In tune with the Look East policy of the NDA Government, all eight states of the northeast will witness tremendous growth within next four years, the Minister said, adding that border trade will begin at Moreh (Manipur), Pangsau Pass and Tawang (in Arunachal).

He said BSNL will provide broadband facilities within a year and all Arunachal villages, irrespective of population will be linked by road by 2019.

Rijiju described the region as uniquely gifted in terms of having excess water, and predicted that Arunachal is poised to be one of the most prosperous states of the country if its potential is realised to its fullest.

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