Peace necessary for development: Guv

LONGDING, Jan 29: Governor Dr BD Mishra emphasized on security, health and education during his maiden visit to Longding district on 29 January.
Interacting with government officers, panchayat members and gaon burahs here, the governor said that for development to take place there must be a sense of security and a peaceful environment.
Saying that the gun culture has never benefited anyone, he urged the people to take steps to bring back the misguided youths to the mainstream society.
“It is the responsibility of every citizen to ensure that there is an environment conducive to implementation of welfare projects and programmes. Do not shy away from your responsibilities if you want your society, state and nation to progress and develop,” he said.
Urging the locals to give up poppy cultivation, the governor said that drug addiction is destroying the society. He advised the people to take up alternative cash crop programmes.
Dr Mishra also advised the people, particularly the gaon burahs, to ensure immunization in order to achieve elimination of measles and control rubela by 2020.
He also visited the community health centre and the government higher secondary school here.
Addressing the students, the governor advised them to excel in their academics, maintain discipline, and be involved in sports and extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Dr Mishra motivated them to take a solemn pledge to stand against opium and poppy cultivation, and the gun culture.
The governor later left for Tirap HQ Khonsa. (PRO to Governor)