Governor pays homage to Covid-19 warriors

R-Day celebrated across state

ITANAGAR, 27 Jan: The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated across the state with Governor BD Mishra unfurling the national flag at IG Park here on Tuesday.

Paying homage to the four Covid-19 warriors who lost their lives in the line of duty, Mishra appealed to the people of the state to continue to take Covid-19 precautions by observing all standard operating procedures to fight the pandemic.

He thanked the people of the state, especially the doctors, healthcare and other frontline workers who have been working tirelessly for the last 10 months to protect the people from the pandemic.

“We are proud of the fact that two made in India vaccines are now available. We will keep on working hard to ramp up our capacity for covering more and more population for vaccination as per the guidelines of the Centre,” he said. The governor, however, added that vaccination does not mean that the people lower their guards.

He said the state government has taken up a massive Rs 400 crore mission for upgrading the infrastructure in the district hospitals, besides establishing ICU facilities at seven locations in the state.

“The government has purchased 78 ambulances which will provide service in the remote corners of the state,” he said, adding that around 400 staff nurses, 66 medical officers and 34 specialist doctors have been recruited during the last few months.

Highlighting the various achievements of the government, he informed that the government is actively pursuing the CM comprehensive road development plan to provide all-weather road connectivity to all the administrative headquarters.

Preparation of a detailed project report for the frontier highway will commence soon, he said, adding that the Centre has approved a scheme to provide 4G mobile connectivity to 1,683 remotely located villages by 2022 under the comprehensive telecom development plan.

The governor informed that the state government has planned to provide potable tap water connection to all rural households by 2023, one year ahead of the national target, under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

“The government is putting in all efforts to ensure electricity connectivity to all the districts with the national grid, which will ensure villages and rural households get electrification,” he said.

For the safety of women and to fight crimes against the fair sex, Mishra said all-women police stations have been opened in Itanagar, Seppa, Tawang and Pasighat and the government is planning to establish similar stations in the remaining districts.

“This year, the prime focus of my government will be to bring educational reforms in tune with the new national education policy,” he said.

He said the state government is focusing on improving the quality of education by initiating the ‘chief minister’s award for excellence in quality education’ to recognize performing teachers. It is also starting ‘Early childhood care and education centres’ in 300 schools across the state, Mishra said.

Referring to the agriculture sector, the governor said that the government has successfully formed 25 farmers-producers companies, comprising more than 8,000 farmers and 10 farmers-producers organizations, comprising 1,000 farmers.

“In our effort to increase farmers’ income, under the Arunachal Pradesh Bee and Honey Mission, we have expanded farmer’s activities in 10 potential districts. We have also taken up a plan to certify large areas as organic,” he said.

The governor said that under the chief minister skill advance certificate course scheme for harnessing the tourism potential, training on adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking, river rafting, mountain biking and paragliding is being provided through the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Dirang in West Kameng district.

“The Centre has approved a major project under the pilgrimage rejuvenation and spiritual augmentation drive scheme for development of Parshuram Kund in Lohit district,” he said.

For dialect preservation, he said, the government is working on linguistic survey and taking up construction of indigenous heritage centres, including a centrally-funded Tagore cultural complex in a phased manner, covering all districts, the governor added.

Ceremonial march past by various contingents of security forces and announcement of state awards by the chief secretary were the highlights of the celebration.

Republic Day was also celebrated in every district, where the DCs unfurled the national flag in their respective district headquarters.

They thanked the Covid-19 warriors for rendering yeoman services by treating and curing patients.

They also dispelled all doubts and apprehension about the Covid-19 vaccine(s) and urged the people, including health workers, to receive the vaccine shot without any hesitation.

Various achievements made in various sectors in their respective districts were also highlighted by the DCs on the occasion.

In Dibang Valley district, DC Minga Sherpa appealed to the public to not believe in rumours and misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, and requested them to get immunized against Covid-19 without any hesitation.

He informed that 4G mobile service will be launched in Anini soon, under the government’s universal service obligation fund.

MLA Mopi Mihu attended the celebration, which was organized at the general ground in Anini.

In Upper Siang, R-Day was celebrated by observing Covid-19 SOPs in the district headquarters Yingkiong and all other administrative units.

DC Taper Pada thanked the frontline workers for their selfless contribution in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Health Minister Alo Libang also attended the celebration.

In Mariyang, MLA Kangogong Taku unfurled the national flag.

In Tirap, DC Taro Mize appealed to the “misguided brothers and sisters” of the district to shun antisocial activities and come back to the mainstream of the society.

Stating that opium and drug abuse have become a big challenge, the DC appealed to all to fight together to eradicate all psychotropic substances from the region.

MLAs Wanglam Sawin and Chakat Aboh also attended the celebration at district headquarters Khonsa.

Earlier in the morning, MLA Aboh unfurled the national flag at Aboh Nivas at Type V Colony in Khonsa.

R-day was also celebrated in Deomali ADC headquarters, Soha, Bordruia, Dadam and Bari-Basip circle headquarters, and Lazu EAC headquarters.

In Lohit, after unfurling the tricolour, DC Marge Sora highlighted the various achievements made in the health, education and other sectors in Lohit district.

Tezu-Sunpura MLA Karikho Kri also attended the programme, which was kept low-profile due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

In Shi-Yomi, Legislative Assembly Speaker Pasang D Sona and DC Mito Dirchi distributed commendation certificates to the Covid-19 warriors and others for their selfless services. On the occasion, the speaker also distributed free solar lamps to students of the government secondary School in Tato.

In Papum Pare, DC Pige Ligu thanked all the frontline workers for their yeoman services in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. He felicitated the officers and staffers with commendation certificates for their meritorious services during the panchayati raj election.

In Lower Dibang Valley, DC KN Damo sought cooperation from everyone to make the recently launched ‘Plastic-free LDV’ campaign a success. He lauded the efforts of the medical department and all other frontline workers in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic. The DC also commended the PHED for successful execution of the Jia water project.

MLA Mutchu Mithi and former Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi were also present on the occasion.

Girl student toppers of Class 10 and 12 were also felicitated under the Beti Bachao, Beti padhao Abhiyan.

R-Day was also celebrated at the Hunli SDO headquarters and Koronu CO headquarters.

In Longding, Republic Day was celebrated in district headquarters Longding, ADC headquarters Kanubari and all other circle headquarters of the district.

DC Bani Lego informed that Longding district represented the state in the Republic Day tableaux parade in New Delhi, where the Wancho log drum was showcased.

He appealed to the people not to be misled by rumours about anti-Covid vaccine and receive the vaccine.

Expressing concern over large-scale destruction of forests for jhum cultivation, he urged the agriculture and allied departments to take initiative to introduce modern and improvised methods of farming and encourage organic farming.

ADC Nongkong Borang hoisted the national flag in Kanubari.

In Upper Subansiri, DC Kanto Danggen exhorted all the government officials and the public to work in coordination for better development of the district. He sought cooperation from the public in keeping Daporijo township clean and green.

In Kra Daadi, DC Higio Tala lauded the efforts of the Covid warriors in keeping the district largely free from the pandemic.

Stating that the coronavirus has taught the people some good lessons to be self-reliant, he encouraged the public to take up agriculture and horticulture activities to improve the local economy.

The DC informed that the new treasury office will start functioning in Palin soon, and that the salary for the month of February could be drawn from it.

In Pania ADC headquarters, the tricolour was unfurled by ADC Charu Nili.

In Kurung Kumey, DC Kento Riba highlighted the various achievements made in various sectors in the district. Riba urged the NHIDCL general manager to complete the Joram-Koloriang portion of the Trans-Arunachal Highway within the stipulated timeframe.

The district administration awarded District Surveillance Officer Dr Boni Taluk for discharging his assigned duties with utmost sincerely while fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. The DA also awarded 16 officers and officials in recognition of their sincerity and dedication towards their official duties.

The day was also celebrated in all other administrative circles of the district.

In West Siang, R-Day was celebrated in the district headquarters and all other administrative headquarters of the district.

DC Moki Loyi appealed to the people to contribute for the development of the state and the country. Stating that many of the development schemes have been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, he appealed to all the departments to take them up in letter and spirit.

Meritorious government employees from various departments were felicitated with commendation certificates on the occasion.

A weapons display by the Kumao Regiment from the Aalo military station was one of the main attractions. Exhibition stalls put up by the horticulture and the agriculture departments bagged the first and second prize, respectively.

In West Kameng, DC Karma Leki lauded the people of the district for their contribution in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Pakke-Kessang, R-Day was celebrated at district headquarters Lemmi by maintaining Covid-19 SOPs. DC Gautam Hazarika hoisted the national flag on the occasion.

Cultural programmes and exhibition stalls put up by the agriculture and horticulture departments and SHGs were the main highlights of the celebration.

In Changlang, DC Dr Devansh Yadav urged all and sundry to work as a team and help the district administration in making Changlang a model district.

He informed about the initiatives taken in the fields of health, education and sports sectors, like introduction of free laboratory diagnostics service in the district hospital, telemedicine services in three health facility centres in Bordumsa and Miao subdivision, innovation hub in the GHSS, Changlang, distribution of science and technology kits for laboratories to BRCs of the schools, establishment of a gymnasium in Jairampur, etc.

Republic Day was also celebrated in Bordumsa, Jairampur, Manmao, Diyun and Renuk.

In Lower Subansiri, DC Swetika Sachan reiterated the district administration’s commitment to continue the fight against Covid-19.

Dispelling doubts and apprehensions about the Covid-19 vaccine, she said, “The vaccine is safe and has been duly tested through clinical trials.”

On road connectivity, she said that substantial progress has been made in the past seven months with regard to the ongoing Trans-Arunachal Highway Package 1 and 2 in terms of compensation disbursal, pegging, demarcation and eviction of structures.

The Ridge Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited was awarded a commendation certificate in the field of piggery farming for remarkable achievement of Rs 71, 000 per share/member.

Progressive farmers, doctors, nurses and government officials of various departments were also felicitated on the occasion.

In Kamle, DC Hengo Basar said that, although the district has made tremendous strides in developmental activities, the district has a long way to go in terms of infrastructure development.

The DC distributed red coats to the gaon burahs.

Progressive farmers Marpu Baja and Yayum Ligu were facilitated on the occasion.

In East Siang HQ Pasighat, DC Dr Kinny Singh highlighted the achievements of the government departments and said all central and state-sponsored flagship programmes “must be implemented in true spirit.”

She expressed gratitude to all the frontline workers, the police, the sanitation staffers and government officers and officials for their contribution in the fight against Covid-19.

In Mebo, ADC Ainsten Koyu hoisted the national flag in the presence of Mebo MLA Lombo Tayeng and ZPC Olen Rome.

In Ruksin, ADC Tajing Jonnom hoisted the national flag.

R-Day was also celebrated at the Arunachal Bhavan in Mohanbari, Assam. DRC Rana Bora hoisted the national flag.

The Itanagar Cycling Club organized a ‘patriotic ride’ on the occasion, where 30 riders participated. The 30 km ride covered Senki View, Itanagar Gompa, Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan and Papu Nallah.

Hockey Arunachal celebrated the day at the Sangey Lhaden hockey ground in Chimpu, along with coaches and students of the Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy.

In East Kameng HQ Seppa, DC Pravimal Abhishek Polumatla stressed on utilizing the district’s vast resources, like hydropower, manpower and fertile land. He also spoke about various developments initiated by the district administration.

A cultural dance programme was presented by students of the higher secondary school. Later, the DC along with local MLA Tapuk Taku inspected the stalls set up by various departments and SHGs.

A tug-of-war and a volleyball match were conducted between DC’s XI, GBs and PRI members. The celebration was attended by all the administrative officers, HoDs and staffers.

Republic Day was celebrated with much fervour and enthusiasm in Kalaktang subdivision of West Kameng district also.

The Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) also celebrated Republic Day with Mayor Tame Phassang unfurling the national flag at the IMC office.

In his address, Phassang sought cooperation from the people in making Itanagar a clean, green and peaceful capital.

“The twenty corporators of different wards under the IMC and the department concerned cannot bring changes unless there is equal support from you all,” said Phassang.

“There are many challenges, from garbage to traffic and proper sanitation, as well as other basic amenities, ahead of us. But if we all support each other, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, definitely we will win the race against all odds,” he said.

He also urged youths to refrain from antisocial activities and using contraband substances.

“Youths are the backbone of any society; so I appeal to the young generation to extend support to the administration, the police and the IMC,” Phassang said. (With inputs from PTI and DIPROs)