Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein inaugurated two days Orientation Programme of MLAs on the Life and Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi at Nokmey Nimati Hall of Legislative Assembly Secretariat in Naharlagun today. The Orientation Programme was jointly organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi and the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Dy CM while speaking on the Gandhian Philosophy and their practical relevance in Policy Making and Development said that the Idea and Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi still fits into the modern India.
He lauded the Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Sixth Legislative Assembly for such initiative and called upon the Ministers and the Legislators, who are the Policy Making Body to devise a new model of economic development for the state based on the Gandhian ideology.
He said that basis of Gandhiji’s economic philosophy was individual dignity and the welfare of the poorest of the poor as Gandhiji was of the view that a man earns his dignity by working and earning his bread and livelihood. Therefore, the economic system should be organised to provide employment for every- one to achieve the vision of self-reliable and sustainable development as envisaged by the Father of Nation.
He called to make such public policy that would give massive support to agriculture on which majority of the people of the state and more than half the population of the country depends for their livelihood.
He also said that the state policy also need to support micro- and small-scale industries through investment in R&D and upgradation of the capability of people working there, in terms of education, knowledge and skill, with provision of credit and other facilities.
He added that through his call of swadeshi and gram-swaraj, Gandhiji delivered a strong message for not only political independence but also economic self-reliance and inclusive growth.
We should therefore design policy initiatives which take care of the welfare of the poorest members of the society, fulfil their basic wants and gives them a dignified and respectable living, he added.
Education Minister, Honchun Ngandam while attending the programme as the guest of honour said that people of Arunachal have been maintaining the principle of Gandhiji as the people here are mostly peace loving and self-reliable. He said that the people of state also maintains swachhta (cleanliness) and actively participate in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan programme which was a called of the Father of Nation and also implement the Village Governance (Gram-Swaraj) in the form of Panchayati Raj Institution in the state effectively. He, however, called to inculcate the ideals and principles of Bapuji in our day to day life.
Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok in his introductory speech expressed hope that the orientation programme will pave the way for all us to learn the life of Mahatma and would bring a quantum leap in legislative qualities of our legislators and also help find solution to some of the problem faced by us all.
He called for a serious and an institutionalized effort by the legislators to emulate Mahatma’s Life and Philosophy for a kind of moral resurrection to take place. He appealed to frequently remind ourselves of the relevance of Bapuji’s ideals and to live like a Mahatma so that his life and philosophy are made immortal.
Padmashree Natwar Thakkar, Senior Gandhian and Founder-Managing Trustee, Nagaland Gandhi Ashram delivered speech on constructive work and volunteerism of Mahatma Gandhi while Laxmi Dass, Vice President, Harijan Sevak Sangh spoke on Gandhian Principles and Good Governance.
Earlier, the Chief Guest inaugurated the program by lighting the lamps. The students of Sanskar Bharati, Arunachal Pradesh presented a Sangeet on the occasion.
Among others, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, Dipanker Shri Gyan, Director of Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi and Resource persons from various parts of the country attended the inaugural programme.