[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Oct 1: Former Chief Ministers late Kalikho Pul and Dorjee Khandu during their life time won accolades for developing their districts and making optimum use of the government funds. The Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein seems to be following a similar path and working aggressively to develop Namsai district.
Though allegation of fund diversion is often thrown at him, but there is no denying that in the last three years, Mein has managed to change the face of his home district. Namsai district today boasts of tremendous road connectivity which is essential for development of any state or country.
Take for example- the 30 KM distance between Chongkham village and Namsai town is covered in only 20 minutes due to world class highway. It takes around 45 minutes to cover the 12 KM distance between Itanagar and Poma village owing to pathetic condition of road. This is the difference a good road makes in the life of ordinary people.
In rest of the state, especially in the state capital, many private universities have come up and are minting money, but majority of them still do not have proper infrastructure and are mostly functioning from rented buildings. But in Namsai, the Arunachal University of Studies (AUS), which is a private university, has constructed impressive permanent building structure and is continuously developing its campus. The opening of the said university is helping to revolutionize the local economy. More numbers of shops and restaurants have opened up and reportedly there is growing demand for rented accommodations.
The district secretariat building which was recently inaugurated by Chief Minister Pema Khandu is perhaps one of the best infrastructure buildings seen anywhere in the state. It is a symbol of how leaders of Namsai district, lead by DCM Chowna Mein are ensuring that funds are properly utilized at grass root. People elect leaders with the hope that they will usher development by constructing good hospitals, roads and schools. But unfortunately for rest of the state, particularly for the area around capital region, development means few select groups of people becoming millionaires overnight.