From our correspondent
Itagar, Feb 11: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has hailed the Christian community of the State for its contributions in moulding the society and professing peace and commul harmony, which are the basic necessities for all round development of the State.
Attending the 7th General Conference cum Election of the Aruchal Christian Forum (ACF) at Christian Revival Church (CRC) at Papullah here on Saturday, Khandu specifically lauded the ACF for leading from the front and being the torch bearers of the Christian community that forms a major chunk of the State’s population.
“I’ve been persolly following the leaders of ACF and its activities. Over the years, I’ve seen that its leaders are mature, decent and disciplined as true Christians and their active involvement in day to day life of the people in general and the society in particular has been of immense impact. As I congratulate the would-be new leaders of the Forum, I also congratulate the outgoing leaders for their stupendous performance while in chair,” he said.
The Chief Minister expressed optimum faith and said that the Forum under the new leadership would continue the legacy of their predecessors and spread the message of Christ, which is love, peace, harmony and religious tolerance, an official report stated on Sunday.
Khandu also praised the Churches of various denomitions that have presence in the State saying the role of Churches in evolution of a matured society is immeasurable. He appealed to the Church leaders as well as all religious leaders to preach good values of life in making a better individual. He specifically highlighted the influence of Churches that can be utilized efficiently to defeat corrupt practices in life, governce and politics.
“Churches should take lead in the fight against corruption. If involvement of money in elections can be rooted out, corruption will fade out eventually. If Churches preach believers to desist from money laundering in elections, the first war in the battle against corruption would be won,” Khandu asserted.
The Chief Minister also advised all religious bodies not to confuse between religion and politics, which he asserted should be kept away from each other.
He said the State Government is committed to the welfare and development of each and every community of the State irrespective of their religious affiliations, the report added.