ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen K T Parnaik exhorted the forces on Saturday to be alert and uphold the gallant traditions of Indian armed forces in guarding sensitive borders. On his visit to Walong in the Anjaw district of the northeastern state, the governor, while interacting with the personnel of the Indian Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Border Roads Organisation (BRO), and state police, said that the international border of the state is sensitive and strategically important for the security of the nation. Parnaik shared fine points of border management with the security forces and encouraged them to maintain physical fitness and sound mental alertness, a Raj Bhawan communique informed here. He also shared modern-day security design and steps with the personnel to keep the border safe and secure.
The governor advised the security forces to be vigilant and instill a sense of security amongst the people while emphasising reinforcing the goodwill amongst the local population for the troops and personnel. During his daylong tour to Anjaw district, the governor also laid a wreath at the Walong War memorial. Earlier at Kibithoo, the 2 Div General Officer Commanding Major General V S Deshpande and 82 Mountain Brigade Commander Brig R Bhandari briefed him on the operational preparedness and security measures in place for maintaining the sanctity of the Line of Actual Control. They were also informed about the bonhomie existing among the security forces and local population and their cordial relations with the district administration.
Director General of Police Anand Mohan, Anjaw Deputy Commissioner Talo Jerang, Superintendent of Police Rike Kamsi, officers and troops of Bihar, Assam, and Punjab regiments, and personnel from ITBP, BRO, Indian Air Force officers, and state police were present on the occasion. The governor also interacted with inhabitants of border villages selected under the Vibrant Border Village programme at Kibithoo. Interacting with the villagers, he said that the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra aimed at ensuring the people who could not avail benefits for welfare schemes and programmes of the Centre must be provided before January 26, next year. The yatra has a special focus on the tribal welfare and wellbeing of the tribal community; he pointed this out and appealed to the people who are yet to avail themselves of benefits from central government schemes and programmes to come forward and avail themselves of them.
Parnaik advised the government officials to work in mission mode and ensure that all eligible persons are registered as beneficiaries and cent per cent saturation is achieved. He also advised the administration and elected representatives to reach out to the distant villages in a continuous cycle every day. The governor said that National Education Policy 2020 is all about learning and skilling and advised all to contribute to the implementation of the new policy. Expressing concern over the school dropout rate, he advised the concerned officials and teaching community to take proactive measures to reduce the rate. He also shared his deep apprehension of drug abuse amongst the people, saying that it is destroying the youth and the future generation. He appealed to the people, especially the gaon burahs, panchayat members, and elders of the society, to educate and guide the individuals involved in the drug menace.
Highlighting the importance of the Ayushman Bharath programme, the governor called for the cooperation of the local people in setting up village volunteers, particularly women, who can be trained in health care, hygiene, and sanitation. “They can lead the way to ensure cleanliness in villages and could be incentivized by the state government,” he said. Parnaik advised the youth to harness their potential in the field of games and sports, adding that the state government, which is promoting games and sports in the state, and the Indian Army stationed in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh are always there to help them prepare playgrounds and venues for recreation activities.