Sustained HAA necessary

The home department’s initiative to involve citizens to improve law and order in the state capital through the Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan (HAA) is praiseworthy. The participation of citizens in such an initiative will make them more responsible. The twin towns of Itanagar and Naharlagun are the gateway to the state capital, and thereby Arunachal. Established in the 70s, it is a new capital city and is underdeveloped compared to the capitals of other states of India. The infrastructure is very poor and is currently being upgraded. It will take many more years and massive investment of fund to improve the infrastructure in the capital region. But the main matter concerning the capital region is law and order. Until and unless the people of the capital complex create a congenial atmosphere, true development will not take place.
A business-friendly atmosphere will have to be created to attract investors from outside the state. In this regard, the campaign launched by the home department can play a critical role. Home Minister Bamang Felix in various forums has been emphasizing the need to improve the image of the state capital. HAA, which is his brainchild, is seen as a step towards it. The decision to involve NGOs will definitely have a positive impact. Apart from involving sector and colony welfare committees, etc, the home department should involve the Nyishi Elite Society, as suggested by IGP Chukhu Apa. The role of the NES, the ANSU and the ANYA, who are well-respected community-based organisations, is critical to improve law and order in the capital complex. Under the HAA, the home department has made the start. Hopefully, this will be a sustained campaign, so that it truly helps to develop Itanagar as a cosmopolitan city where everyone lives without any fear.