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Yupia (Arunachal): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the Center is working to make Arunachal Pradesh a major gateway to Southeast Asia.
In a video message to the people of the state on the 36th day of the establishment of the state, Modi said that modern infrastructure is being built in Arunachal Pradesh given its importance from the perspective of national security.
Arunachal Pradesh was granted Union Territory statehood on this day in 1987.
The Prime Minister said he strongly believes that eastern India and especially the northeast will drive the country’s development in the 21st century.
“We will transform Arunachal Pradesh into a major gateway to Southeast Asia,” he said.
Despite the bad weather, more than 10,000 people thronged the newly built Golden Jubilee Outdoor Stadium, the venue for the celebrations, which was immersed in festive colors amid massive security cover.
“I am satisfied that the government justifies the confidence you place in us under the leadership of the young Chief Minister Pema Khandu. Your faith encourages the dual engine government to work harder,” Modi said in his address via video conference.
“Unprecedented work has been done to accelerate the development of the state over the past seven years. Comprehensive work on connectivity and electrical infrastructure is making it easier to live and do business in the state,” he said. he declares.
With Itanagar, connecting all the capitals of the North Eastern states by rail has been our priority, he said.
“Given the role of Arunachal Pradesh from a national security perspective, modern infrastructure is being built,” Modi said.
He also quoted lines from Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika’s famous song “Arunachal Hamara”, saying that no function is complete without this song.
The Prime Minister praised Arunachal Pradesh for promoting the feeling of patriotism and social harmony. He paid tribute to the martyrs of the state who sacrificed their lives for the country.
“Whether it is the Anglo-Aboriginal war or post-independence border security, the stories of bravery of the people of Arunachal Pradesh are a priceless legacy for every Indian,” Modi said.
He noted that Arunachal Pradesh is progressing in harmony with nature and culture.
“Thanks to your efforts, Arunachal Pradesh is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots,” Modi said, praising residents of the border state.
He also commended the Chief Minister for Development’s efforts in health, education, skills development, women’s empowerment and self-help groups.
The Prime Minister also commended Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju for his continuous work for the development of the state. “When I speak with Rijiju, our focus remains on how to move the state forward,” the prime minister said.
Modi reiterated his commitment to realizing the tourism potential of the state globally.
“The people of the state are known for their prodigious talent and hardworking nature. May the state reach new heights of development in times to come,” he tweeted earlier.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted the people of the state on the occasion. “Greetings to our sisters and brothers in Arunachal Pradesh on the establishment of their state. The state is endowed with immense natural beauty and hardworking citizens. May the state continue to progress in the years to come,” Shah tweeted.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Brig (Ret’d), BD Mishra emphasized harnessing digital power. He said cultural heritage, health, education, careful use of natural resources and infrastructure development are the pillars of the state’s prosperity.
“We must focus on harnessing our rich potential in horticulture, tourism and hydropower to ensure we not only become self-sufficient, but also contribute adequately to the growth of the nation,” said Mishra.
Khandu said month-long celebrations were held from January 20 to commemorate 50 years since the appointment of Arunachal Pradesh.
Recalling the 50 years of glorious journey of the state, the chief minister said that future goals will be achieved through a holistic approach and called on stakeholders to join hands with the government for the development of the state.
“We have to work as a team to drive the state forward. The government cannot work alone and all stakeholders have to think in a pan-Arunachal motive to bring about comprehensive development in the state,” Khandu said, thanking the former chief ministers, agency board members and others for their contributions to the development of the state.
He commended the Center for spearheading development activities in the state.
Referring to the serious problem of drug addiction, Khandu called on community organizations, student associations and other stakeholders to make concerted efforts to stem the menace.
He advocated for the preservation and protection of the rich culture and heritage of tribal communities and noted that “loss of culture is loss of identity”.
The Chief Minister pointed out that despite the establishment of more than 3,000 schools in the state since the days of NEFA, however, the quality of education has not improved significantly.
“No visible qualitative development in the education sector has been observed. We should put more emphasis on quality education,” he said.
The Governor conferred the ‘Arunachal Ratna’, the state’s highest honor, on the first Lieutenant Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, the late KAA Raja, who was received by his eldest daughter Vijayalakshmi on the occasion.
The governor also issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring 50 years since the appointment of Arunachal Pradesh.
Former chief ministers and agency board members were commended for their contributions, and cultural events and Aboriginal games were held.