Chief Minister Pema Khandu has condoled the sad demise of Late Nabam Runghi who breathed his last on Sunday evening.
Late Nabam Runghi was the first Agency Council member from Nyishi community and is credited to be the person behind making Itanagar as the State Capital.
In his condolence message to Late Runghi’s wife Smt. Nabam Yania, Khandu wrote, “it pains my heart to write to you at this moment of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share with you the saddest times of your life though I know that it would be hard to do so and ease the pain you and your family are going through.
The news of sad demise of Late Nabam Runghi, the first Agency Council Member of NEFA administration has come as shock to me. As the story unfolds, Late Runghi was able to convince the then governor of Assam, Late Shri B K Nehru to choose Itanagar as the state capital. Places such as Pasighat, Basar and Yachuli were other potential sites identified for state capital but lost the race to Itanagar due to his persuasion. He was conferred Gold Medal in the year 2017 by Government of Arunachal Pradesh for his outstanding contribution to the state and the society.
He will be remembered as a first generation leader, a pioneer and an architect of State Capital Itanagar and a great social worker. His demise is a great loss to the State.
Though it would be difficult to share your grief at this moment, I join my family, colleagues in the government and the people in extending our solidarity with you and your family and pay rich tribute to the great soul.
May Almighty God bless the departed soul with eternal peace in heavenly abode and give strength to you and your family to bear the irreparable loss”, the message added further.