Arunachal deputy CM at the function, organized to celebrate the first anniversary of Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan (HAA) in Itanagar.

Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief Minister Chowna Mein on Friday said the state government is making all-out effort to ensure that the benefits of  schemes reach the last man in the society.

“The state government under the young and able leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu has in the past five years been prioritizing the all-round development of the state,” Mein said.

The deputy CM said this while addressing a function, organized to celebrate the first anniversary of Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan (HAA) in Itanagar.

“Several welfare schemes have been introduced for the inclusive growth and development of all sections of society,” he said.

The deputy chief minister congratulated home minister Felix and the team of Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan for coming up the initiative and unifying the public and administration to build a cohesive atmosphere in the state.

He lauded the young volunteers and wards that came forward to be a part of the campaign and “tried to bring in a change in the mindset of people by promoting public-police partnership.”

A brainchild of home minister Bamang Felix, the campaign is the state home department’s initiative to involve the citizens, NGOs, community-based organizations, student unions etc to improve the law and order in Arunachal, besides developing it into a clean and peaceful state.

It was launched by chief minister Khandu on October 2 last year.

Mein further hoped that the movement would be continued in the same zeal in the years to come and go a long way in promoting better coordination between communities, public, police and the administration and pave the way for communal harmony and peace in the state.

The deputy chief minister, on the occasion also recalled the contribution of all the former chief ministers of the state.

“Arunachal has witnessed several transitional phases and all the former chief ministers have contributed to the development of the state in a way or the other. It is now upon us to carry forward the legacy of development and for which every individual must extend their support,” he said.

Mein also said tourism in the northeastern region has reached new heights because of the special thrust and impetus given by the central government with the direct indulgence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“Arunachal has huge tourism potential and with the right approach and proper management we can attract a lot of tourists in our state throughout the year,” he said.

The event also commemorated the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Paying his homage to the father of the nation, Mein said Gandhi was the symbol of patriotism and nationalism for every Indian.

“Gandhi had vigorously campaigned for Swachh Bharat and Prime Minister Modi has converted his agenda of cleanliness it into a people’s movement,” he said.

The deputy chief minister on the day also gave away the awards for the best performing wards/sectors and certificates of merit to the officials and volunteers of HAA.

He also administered the Swacch Bharat pledge to all present.

Addressing the event, home minister Felix spoke of the activities carried out in the past one year under the Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan and appealed all to continue supporting the campaign.

He announced that more than 1 lakh trees would be planted across the state to mark the first anniversary of the campaign.

The home minister also said that land measuring 2 lakh hectares have been identified in the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) to grow organic produce and support and the farmers in becoming self-reliant.

ICR deputy commissioner Komkar Dolum and superintendent of police Tumme Amo also spoke.

Earlier, Felix along with Dolum and the members of HAA participated in a tree plantation drive at the Indira Gandhi Park.

Around 150 saplings were planted during the drive.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com