FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, August 16: Along with the rest of the country, Aruchal Pradesh today celebrated the 69th Independence Day in a befitting manner here, braving incessant rains.
Addressing a mammoth gathering after taking salute of an impressive march past at Indira Gandhi Park here, Chief Minister bam Tuki sought constructive suggestions form the citizens in preparing a vision to facilitate the much required independence from poverty, illiteracy, diseases, unemployment and social problems confronting his Himalayan state.
“It is an affirmation that we are interested in fully living life in the years to come devoid of any negative vibes”, Tuki said to the thunderous applause of the crowd most of whom were sticking to the venue with umbrellas. It may be mentioned here that Aruchal is one of the first states in India to take steps to evolve Vision 2030 aimed at setting clear goals with introspection to set the future planning. “We have to work together if we are to develop and develop first. Hard work, unity and sincerity are the ingredients for success. If we take the time to truly think about it, we will find that success is usually only a small step away. There will be hardship, danger and opposition for petty individual interest, but with each small step and focus on the desired destition we will achieve success,” he said.
Pointing out that development is not possible without peace; the chief minister said “it is the duty of my government to ensure a peaceful atmosphere through effective law and order magement while at the same time, taking the goals of development to all sections of the society”.
“I appeal one and all to join together and surge ahead as one unit – Team Aruchal – to realise our dream of an equitable, just and a developed Aruchal Pradesh,’ he added. Terming the August 4 last Pawan Hans chopper crash that killed Tirap DC Kamlesh Joshi, a 2009 IAS officer, pilots M S Brar and Rajeev Hoskote, as a trying time for the state, Tuki conveyed deepest sense of condolences to the bereaved families.
The chief minister also highlighted the achievements of his government in various sectors including project proposals which are on the pipeline. The state government announced state awards for distinguished services - five gold medals including Joshi posthumously, 10 silver medals and 13 commendation certificates. Moreover two gold and one silver medals were also announced as CM’s State Shram Awards on the occasion.