Itanagar: The 27th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh went off to a colourful start at Indira Gandhi Park here Wednesday morning with state governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh unfurling the tricolour amidst showering of flower petals by three IAF helicopters.
Paying tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who laid the foundation of Arunachal Pradesh as a state within Indian Union on this day during 1987, the Governor said that it was because of his (Gandhi?s) personal initiative and love for the state, Arunachal Pradesh was conferred full Statehood.
"No stone is being left unturned by the state government to pave way to pursue its progressive, need-based, area-specific, and welfare-oriented policies. Focus is on every sector that can have an impact in addressing the needs and aspirations of every common citizen, the governor said while addressing the people.
The state government has prioritized road communication, agriculture and allied sectors, tourism, hydropower, education, health and skill-development as its focus areas, he said.
"My government has emphasized on road communication as the `Vehicle for development` in the state. It is one of the key components in the growth process as road communication promotes access to economic and social services. Many road projects have been taken up under Central Road Fund, Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources, and Special Plan Assistance along with those funded by North Eastern Council," he disclosed.
"The Statehood Day is an appropriate occasion for introspection and re-dedication. On this occasion I appeal to every Arunachali to contribute towards making Arunachal Pradesh more peaceful and a more developed state, devoid of Bandhs and any type of violence. I call upon all my fellow citizens to re-dedicate themselves towards this important cause," he added.
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh who, was also present on the occasion declared open the "Festival of Arunachal" coinciding with the Statehood Day celebration. The festival would end on February 22 next.