Time for Arunachal to become self-reliant: CM

  • ‘People’s will need of the hour’

NYAPIN, Feb 26: Time has come for Arunachal Pradesh to become self-reliant and stop solely depending upon the central Govt for all its needs, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday said in his address to revelers of Nyokum Yullo celebrations here in Kurung Kumey district.

He cited example of a new-born child who depends upon its parents for all its needs, but after becoming an adult goes independent.

“If we count our state from the union territory days, we are 50 years old and if count from out statehood days, we are 36 years old. Both ways, we are mature and it is time for us to become economically as well as administratively self-reliant,” he reasoned.

Khandu maintained that Arunachal Pradesh has huge potential to become economically self-reliant while mentioning sectors, like tourism, hydropower, agriculture and horticulture, minerals and other natural resources. These resources, he insisted, has to be turned into revenue for which every individual has to contribute.“We have the political will. Now we need people’s will,” he said.

Referring to a coffee-table book on Kurung Kumey released on the occasion, Khandu said he never thought the district had so many scenically beautiful places hidden from outside world. He exhorted the people to explore these places and showcase them to the world and pave the way for boost to tourism.

Admiring the pace of development in Nyapin assembly constituency, especially in road connectivity, he remembered his last visit to Nyapin 10 years ago. “That time it took me more than 12 hours to reach Nyapin from Itanagar. This time, despite making several stoppages en-route, it hardly took 6-7 hours to reach here. I must congratulate local legislator and Home Minister Bamang Felix for ensuring the fast pace development”, he said.

In last few years, most of the unconnected villages in this constituency have been connected by road. However, there are still 14 villages yet to be linked and all these villages will be connected within next 2-3 years, he assured.

Announcing that all existing interior roads of the constituency will be made into CC roads, he assured to sanction funds for construction of a bridge as requested by the people.

When informed that Phassang circle of the constituency is the only place without mobile connectivity, he assured one of the 4G towers of 980 towers sanctioned by the Centre recently in the state for Phassang.

Hailing Nyishi community for traditionally celebrating Nyokum festival each year with vigour, he remembered the festival he had attended at Nyapin 10 years ago.

“During that time, the nyibus had predicted that one day I will lead the state as its Chief Minister. Their prediction has come true and I owe to them and the people of Nyapin for their blessings,” Khandu revealed.

He appealed to all, especially the GenNext to carry forward this rich culture of the Nyishis. Terming development as a continuous process, he said ‘originality’ should not be diluted in the race to development.

“Wherever you may study, when you come back home you must speak in your mother tongue for our mother-tongue connects to our culture,” he urged.

Khandu also paid rich tributes and respects to former legislators of the constituency – late Tadar Tang, late Tadar Taniang and Tater Kipa, all former ministers – because of whose contributions Nyapin is where it is today.

Khandu earlier inaugurated 2X250 KW Payu Mini Hydel station at Pinchi, Sango-Pinchi PMGSY road and Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) building at Nyapin.

Meanwhile, he also handed over sanction order copies for construction of a new circuit house and a village sanitary building at Nyapin to the DC.

Earlier, host HM Felix also conveyed the aspirations of the public for creation of a new district to the visiting dignitaries while informing that the aspiration is based on administrative convenience.‘

Besides Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao, legislators Laisam Simai & Phurpa Tsering  accompanied the CM. (PRO)

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