On a visit to this remote town on the Sino—Indian border, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said funds would not be a constraint for development of Arunachal Pradesh, observing that the State shared a special place in the hearts of people of the country.

Mr. Chidambaram also said the Centre will always pay attention for the development of Arunachal at par with other developed States but advised the Dorjee Khandu government to take up need—based schemes as per people’s choice.

“There will be no dearth of funds for this land—locked State. But there must be clarity in all projects and schemes to be implemented,” Mr. Chidambaram said while addressing district officials in this Himalayan town.

“Arunachal shares a special place in our hearts and we will always pay attention for its development at par with other developed States of the country,” the Home Minister said. Tawang is home to one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the region.

Mr. Chidambaram, who arrived here accompanied by Minister of State for Planning V. Narayanswamy in an IAF helicopter, inaugurated a ropeway connecting Tawang Monastery to Gyangong Ani Gonpa. He also inaugurated the newly constructed District Collector’s office.

“With the inauguration of the ropeway and the DC office, a new era of development has started in this remote district bordering China,” he said.