Republic Day celebrated across state

Governor exhorts people to fight corruption

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Governor BD Mishra on Sunday called upon the people of the state to join hands with the state government “to fight the hydra-headed monster, ‘corruption’, for the sake of development.”
Unfurling the tricolour at IG Park here on Republic Day, Mishra in his address said that in order to bring transparency and curb corruption, the government has developed an “Arunachal satellite-based monitoring and geotagging tool,” and that it is compulsory for all government departments to geo-tag all projects.
“My government is seeking team spirit and working hard to achieve excellence in governance, quality education, better health services, progressive changes in agriculture and horticulture sectors, blue economy, employment generation and drinking water to all households by 2024, besides maintaining law and order through modernization of police forces,” he said.
Mishra said the government is adopting a comprehensive approach with better and new technologies for roadways, railways, airways, waterways and internet in the state.
“We have developed a comprehensive plan to upgrade all roads in the district headquarters over a period of next four years under the Chief Minister Comprehensive State Road Plan 2019-24, to bring improvement in 150 km roads in the state capital, upgrade important interstate and inter-district roads to the specification of state highway,” he said.
Mishra informed that the government is trying to get sanction from the Centre this year
for two important road projects – the Frontier Highway and the East-West Corridor.
While the Frontier Highway will provide seamless connectivity across the entire border state, the East-West Corridor will act as an economic corridor and usher in industrial development, he said.
“I appeal to all the people, especially the landowners, to cooperate and offer the requisite land generously, whenever required, in public interest,” Mishra said.
The governor said the greenfield airport in Hollongi, along with its auxiliary support infrastructure, “is now on the work chart of the government and it will be completed in the next three years.”
He said that, as per reports of the union finance ministry, the GST collection of Arunachal till December last year recorded a 124 percent jump – the highest in the country.
Mishra said hydropower potential would take the state “from an economic resource constraint state to an economic affluent one in the country,” adding that the Dibang Multipurpose Project (2880 megawatt) with an approved expenditure of Rs 28,080 crore, “is a major step in the direction, which would be completed in next nine years.”
“The government has approved the state industrial policy to make the state investment-friendly by promoting ease of doing business. We will have a single-window system to create a conducive business environment and will provide attractive incentives and subsidies for setting up industries in the state,” he said.
The governor said that, in view of the large number of users of opium, cannabis, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in the state, the government has constituted ‘control, awareness, monitoring and enforcement’ teams to combat the drug menace and destroy illicit opium and cannabis cultivation in the districts.
In the health sector, he said, the state government has launched the ambitious Chief Minister’s Arogya Arunachal Yojana, which would provide health insurance cover of upto Rs 5 lakhs per year per family for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization, which are not covered under the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.
To promote tourism in the state, the government will bring out a comprehensive tourism development policy to harness the tourism potential, the governor said.
Various contingents of the state police and paramilitary forces, along with school children participated in the march-past, while displays of tribal dances were some of the highlights of the Republic Day function.
Earlier, the governor inspected the guard of honour presented by the contingents, and took salute at the flag base. Later, the chief secretary read out the names of the state awardees.
While gold medals have been awarded to 11 persons, silver medals have been given to 13 and commendation certificates to 16.
Cultural presentations and tableau displays were the other highlights of the celebration.
A voluntary blood donation camp was also organized by the Arunachal Voluntary Blood Donors Organization and the capital administration, in collaboration with the State Blood Transfusion Council. Fifteen units of blood were collected, out of which eight units were donated by CRPF jawans.
A census stall was set up by the office of the capital complex DSO (statistics) to sensitize people to the 2021 population census.
The state gold and silver medals and commendation certificates for 2020 were also announced on the occasion.
Republic Day was also celebrated in all district headquarters and circles. Various organisations, including the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union, also celebrated the day. (DIPRO & PTI)