Chief Minister Pema Khandu today assured the people of the commitment of his government for inclusive development and reaching the unreached at the remotest of places.
Attending as Chief Guest of the first ever ‘Pakke Darshan: Festival of Valleys’ at the picturesque Pakkekesang to commemorate 50 years of Pakkekesang administrative division in East Kameng district today, Khandu said he has been specifically advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take along every tribe and section of the society in the path of overall development. He assured that Pakkekesang and East Kameng district will have its due share of developmental projects and emerge as one of the most sought after tourist destination of the state.
Pakkekesang is one of the less explored destinations in the state comprising of five valleys– namely Pakke Valley, Papu Valley, Passa Valley, Seijosa Valley and Dissing-Passo Valley.
Lauding the leaders and intellectuals of Pakke Valley for conceptualizing the festival, Khandu asserted that the initiative would give a fillip to the state’s effort to attract tourists from across the country. Calling for unity in diversity, the Chief Minister assured that the next budget will be a participatory one that will imbibe suggestions and inputs from every sector of the society. “I will invite all community based organizations for their inputs so that they can highlight their needs which we will incorporate in the budget,” he declared.
Khandu while admitting financial hurdles faced by the state said that despite the fact the state government had recently conducted the State Development Council (SDC) meeting finalizing allocation of funds for all the 56 government departments for this financial year. Foreseeing a bright future for the valleys and East Kameng, Khandu appealed people to learn to be people friendly especially with tourists. He informed that due to active persuasion of 11th Seppa West assembly constituency Mama Natung, soon the district will have a prestigious Rama Krishna Mission School, which will make a huge impact in the education scenario in the district. Emphasizing elders and leaders to give special attention towards youths and students, who would be holding the reigns of the state in the coming days, Khandu congratulated the newly elected president of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) Hawa Bagang, who was present on the occasion. He urged Bagang to lead the apex students’ body of the state with sincerity, honesty and dignity and bring back the glory of the Union. Responding to a memorandum submitted by local legislator and Principal Adviser to CM, Kameng Dolo, Khandu said all the demands are genuine and the state government will look into the issues positively.
The demands included infrastructure for the PWD division, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Chief Minister on the day, road connecting Itanagar with Seijosa via Taposo and declaration of Pakkekesang district by bifurcating East Kameng district.
Khandu also assured a fund of Rs 1 crore for development of a football ground at Pakkekesang.
The three-day festival (24 to 26 Nov) was also attended by PHE Minister Takam Pario, Parliamentary Secretaries Mama Natung, Tapuk Taku and Karya Bagang and other officials of the district administration besides Arunachal Press Club President Chopa Cheda, East Kameng Socio-Cultural Society President Safar Pao and others.