People must participate in the development process: Governor

JAIRAMPUR, Jan 31: Expressing concern over illicit opium cultivation and ‘gun culture’, Governor Dr BD Mishra called upon the people of Changlang, Longding and Tirap to make concerted efforts to address the problems.
The governor was addressing a public meeting at Jairampur during his final leg of the three days tour of the three districts here on Wednesday.
The governor cited how opium cultivation in Afghanistan and gun culture of LTTE and Pakistan destroyed the society and many nations.
He said that the central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving special focus to bring development and prosperity in the North East Region.
“More than 28 schemes and programmes of central and state governments are being implemented in the district. To ensure the success of these welfare programmes, the people of the district must ensure that there is transparency, accountability, continuity, audit and review and mid course correction”, he said.
Sharing his concern about health and education, the governor said that the state requires infrastructure, equipment, critical specialists and staff in health sector and teachers and infrastructure in education.
He informed that issues have been taken up at various levels to mitigate the challenges, including seeking assistance of all India based volunteers.
Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs) Laisam Simai highlighted the aspiration of the people of Changlang district, including special employment drive for TLC youths, enhancement of Border Area Development, degree college, Sainik school and rehabilitation centre.
Later, the governor and his wife visited the World War II Cemetery and laid wreaths at the War Memorial.
They also visited the community health centre, Jairampur and interacted with the medical officers and staffs and distributed fruits to the indoor patients.
The governor also visited the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Jairampur and planted saplings.
Later, he distributed 600 solar lamps among 30 villagers of Jairampur, Jagun and Nampong circles.
The solar lamps were provided by the Assam Rifles under its Civic Action Plan.
The governor commended the zeal and commitment of the officers and all ranks of Assam Rifles. He felicitated them for their good works as the ‘Friends of the North East People’. (PRO to Raj Bhavan)