Statehood Day celebrated across Arunachal

ITANAGAR, 21 Feb: The 37th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated in all the districts with great enthusiasm and fanfare on 20 February.

In Upper Subansiri HQ Daporijo, DC (i/c) C Chukhu hoisted the national flag and unveiled the state map of Arunachal. He briefly highlighted the achievements and initiatives of the state government.

In West Siang, former minister Doi Ado unfurled the national flag and narrated how Arunachal attained statehood. Later, Ado, along with DC Penga Tato, flagged off six vehicles under the ArSRLM.

In Siang district, ZPC Osi Mibang unfurled the national flag in HQ Boleng, and advised the public to “take full benefits of the schemes provided by the government,” while DC Atul Tayeng inaugurated an ‘awareness camp-cum-training on millets’ under the theme ‘Grow, eat millets for health and prosperity’.

In Tawang district headquarters, ZPC Leki Gombu unfurled the national flag and informed the public about the welfare schemes for farmers, unemployed youths, and the general public.

In Bomdila, West Kameng ZPC Rinchin Zomba Merapka unfurled the national flag, and highlighted the progress made by the state over the course of 37 years. Besides apprising the public of the steps taken by the government for the people’s welfare, she urged the youths to “say no to drugs and yes to life.”

Among others, DC Karma Leki, HoDs, and panchayat leaders participated in the event.

In Lower Subansiri district, DC Bamin Nime unfurled the national flag in headquarters Ziro, and highlighted the achievements of the state government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

The DC appealed to the citizens to cooperate with the district administration in its efforts to curb the drug menace, and to ensure proper garbage management in the district.

In Namsai HQ, ZPC Nang Urmila Mancheykhun unfurled the national flag. Prizes were distributed to the winners of the state level Olympiad, speech competition, and baby show. The ZPM also flagged off vehicles procured under the Arunachal Grameen Yojana.

In Longding HQ, local MLA Tanpho Wangnaw unfurled the national flag, and highlighted the development schemes being implemented by the government. He urged the youths to not indulge in drug abuse, and advocated millet cultivation.

In Upper Siang, Geku ZPM Nyong Panyang unfurled the national flag in HQ Yingkiong, in the presence of DC Hage Lailang, HoDs, public leaders, GBs, and others.

The ZPM and the DC distributed certificates of appreciation, mementoes, and Rs 5,000 each to All Geku-Katan Anti-Drugs Youth Association president Aku Tarang, anganwadi workers Honey Nokar and Yater Taron, ASHAs Pepeng Paron and Obi Mitkong, and self-employed handloom weaver Atikon Tayeng, “for the selfless services rendered by them at the grassroots level under the aegis of the Arunachal Rising campaign of the IPR department.

In East Siang HQ Pasighat, ADC Tatdo Borang hoisted the national flag, in the presence of Pasighat East MLA Kaling Moyong, PMC Chief Councillor Okiam Moyong Borang, PRI leaders, municipal councillors, and others, and distributed certificates of appreciation to Ruksin CO Oyam Saring, Namsing CO Radhe Tatung, and Mondal John Panyang “for their hard work in the process of interstate boundary settlement.”

Borang also released a book titled Ngilman Kilaju, authored by Tashiram Pertin.

The day was also celebrated in Changlang, Papum Pare, Tirap, Anjaw, and all other districts of the state. (DIPROs)