Republic Day celebrated

Shed thoughts of individual benefits: Governor

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Governor BD Mishra called upon the people of the state to “shed thoughts of individual benefits and work for the development of the state.”
Unfurling the National tricolour on the 70th Republic Day at IG Park here on Saturday, the governor urged the people to cooperate with the state government in its agenda for all-round development.
“I appeal to the people to think and act in the larger interest of the state, discarding individual benefits, and allow the developmental projects
to take off without raising any objections,” the governor said.
Mishra was referring to the objections raised by a section of the people over the greenfield airport project in Hollongi, the foundation of which will be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month.
He said the union finance ministry has cleared the proposal for the airport at an estimated cost of Rs 1,043 crore.
“We must remember that projects like Hollongi airport are not only for Hollongi but the entire state. We must understand that it was after sustained persuasion by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his council of ministers to make the Centre agree to provide – despite there being no such provision – land compensation as a special case for the state,” he said.
Referring to the improving law and order situation in the state, the governor commended various tribal bodies and civil society organisations that have provided support and assistance to the law enforcement machinery of the state.
“I congratulate the entire government machinery for its concerted and effective steps to put an end to the menace of the bandh culture in the state capital,” Mishra said.
He said the state government is focused on improving education, health, tourism, skill development, agriculture and horticulture, and harnessing the rich hydropower potential in the state.
The governor also highlighted the initiative of the state government to strengthen the police force.
Later, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal announced the names of the state awardees, comprising 39 gold medallists, 27 silver medallists, and 17 commendation certificate awardees.
Tableaus by various departments highlighting the major programmes and schemes of departments like agriculture, APEDA, PHE, IPR, education, and environment & forests, besides the Apex Bank, the Itanagar Municipal Council, the Child Welfare Committee ICC and Childline, etc, were presented.
A skit on Swachh Bharat Mission was presented by the students of RGU.
A colourful cultural programme displaying the cultural diversity of the state was also presented on the occasion.
Republic Day was also celebrated in other parts of the state with great enthusiasm, highlighting the various achievements and development initiatives of the state government.
The tricolour was raised at the state secretariat here by Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, in Aalo Aalo (West Siang) it was hoisted by Deputy Commissioner Swetika Sachan, in Basar (Leparada) by DC Duly Kamduk, in Boleng (Siang) by DC Rajeev Takuk, in Bomdila (West Kameng) by DC Sonal Swaroop, in Changlang by DC RK Sharma, in Daporijo (Upper Subansiri) by DC Danish Ashraf, in Pasighat (East Siang) by DC Tamiyo Tatak, in Palin (Kra Daadi) by DC S Miji, in Longding by MLA Thangwang Wangham, in Roing (Lower Dibang Valley) by DC Mitali Namchoom, in Seppa (East Kameng) by DC (in-charge) DJ Borah, in Tawng by DC Sang Phuntsok, in Tezu (Lohit) by DC Karma Leki, in Khonsa (Tirap) by DC PN Thungon, in Yingkiong (Upper Siang) by DC Tamik Talom, in Yupia by DC Dr Joram Beda, and in Ziro (Lower Subansiri) by DC Chukhu Takar.
In Borduria in Tirap district, MLA Wanglin Lowangdong, DC Thungon, SP JK Meena, 16 Assam Rifles CO Robin Kumar and Chasen Dada, wife of martyr Hangpan Dada, paid homage at the memorial of martyr Dada at with full military honour. The ceremony was arranged by the 16 Assam Rifles.
Reports of R-Day celebration have also been received from Deomali, Dadam, Lazu, Bari-Basip, Borduria, Balijan, and Namtok.
The 12th battalion of the National Disaster Response Force at Doimukh, the office of the additional resident commissioner at Mohanbari (Assam), KV-II, Itanagar, and the government middle school in Jollang also celebrated R-Day.
The units of the Indian Army’s East Tawang brigade celebrated the day at Lhou Gonpa, Jangda, and Damteng (Tsachu) villages in Tawang district.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal celebrated Republic Day at the Indira Gandhi Congress Bhavan, Naharlagun. The national flag was unfurled by state Seva Dal chief Kipa Kaha. (Raj Bhavan and DIPROs)

List of state gold medal awardees

1. 138 Bn CRPF 2. Marnya Ete, Commissioner, PHE&WS 3. Dr Joram Beda, DC, Papum Pare 4. Sonal Swaroop, DC, West Kameng 5. Himanshu Gupta, Secretary, Planning & Investment 6. Rinchin Tashi, Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj 7. Liyon Borang, Director, Food & Civil Supplies 8. Chuku Takar, DC, Lower Subansiri 9. Rohit Meena, SP, Longding 10. Pranav Tayal, SP, Itanagar 11. Khandu Deru, Commandant, BHQ, 3rd IRBn, Seijosa 12. Col Abhishek Singh, Commandant, 17th Battalion, Rajputana Rifles, Upper Subansiri 13. RN Singh, EE, PWD, Upper Siang 14. Inspector Thomas Pertin, OC, Police Outpost, Wakro, Lohit 15. Dr Krishna Chowlu, Scientist-B, Botanical Survey of India, AP Regional Centre, Itanagar 16. Gyanendra Mani, GM, NABARD, Itanagar 17. Madhurjya Doley, Senior Sub-editor, The Arunachal Times 18. Matin Rey Tangu, Artist, Pasighat 19. Kamjai Taisam, Teacher, Govt Upper Primary School, Laktong, Changlang 20. Aini Taloh, Social Worker, Pasighat 21. Kishon Tekseng, Outdoor Sportsman, Upper Siang 22. Tami Tame, Weightlifter, Itanagar 23. Lalu Taku, Weightlifter, Itanagar 24. John Tagru, Boxer, Itanagar 25. Raja Gupta, Badminton Player, Itanagar 26. Akshay Raito, Badminton Player, Itanagar 27. Debia Sanka, Progressive Farmer, Radhpu village, Lower Subansiri 28. Akhi Yeliyeh Yobin, Social Worker, Vijaynagar, Changlang 29. Pisi La Singpho, Ex-Political Interpreter, Pisi village, Miao, Changlang (posthumously) 30. Choagey Yobin, Ex-Headman, Vijaynagar, Changlang (posthumously) 31. Bal Bahadur Sarki, Ex-LNK, Vijaynagar, Changlang, (posthumously) 32. Dhan Bahadur Thakuri, Ex-Havildar, Vijaynagar, Changlang (posthumously) 33. Lal Bahadur Gurung, Ex-ASM, Vijaynagar, Changlang (posthumously) 34. Chandra Bahadur Damai, Ex-Rifleman, Vijaynagar, Changlang, (posthumously) 35. Gaurav Singh Rajawat, DC, East Kameng 36. Prince Dhawan, DC, Capital Complex 37. Sang Phuntsok, DC, Tawang 38. Duly Kamduk, DC, Lepa Rada, and 39. RK Sharma, DC, Changlang.