Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today prophesied that Pasighat, the grand old town of the state, would one day become Arunachal's hub of human resource development.
Addressing a mega Congress rally here this morning, Tuki said that Pasighat would always be written in golden letters when the history of Arunachal Pradesh is mentioned.
Tuki, who earlier in the day had laid the foundation stone of the first university to be owned and managed by the state under an act passed recently by the State Legislative Assembly, said: "Our first college - Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC) - was established in Pasighat years ago and still running strong. A horticulture college is also here.... and with an Agriculture College coming up in the next couple of years, Pasighat is all set to become the center of human resource development for our state."
Citing the first ever state university - in principle named as Arunachal University - as a pet project of the state government, Tuki assured a sum of Rs. 20 crores for its infrastructure development in the first phase.
To a demand for augmentation of the existing water supply system of the township, Tuki further assured Rs three crore for it. A proposal for augmenting the existing system by drawing water from a river source about 18 kms away is under submission by the concerned department initiated by the local legislator and Education Minister Bosiram Siram.
The Chief Minister also agreed in principle to fulfill the other demands of strengthening the district police department, resolving the frustrating power crisis and equipping the district hospital with a CT Scan and other modern technologies.
Expressing concern over the delay in start of work on the airport in Itanagar, Tuki appealed the people of Pasighat to facilitate speedy construction of the airport here.
"With your cooperation, I have no doubt that Pasighat will have the first airport in the state - another first in many firsts!" he observed.
Calling upon party workers, Tuki reiterated that development of Arunachal is due to generosity Congress.
He said Congress leaders at the helm of affairs always had a soft corner for Arunachal Pradesh and as a result it is one of the most progressive states of the country despite natural hindrances.
"Let's make Congress strong from the roots.... and grow!" he said.
Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Ninong Ering, who hails from here, called upon the people to elect Congress to power in coming panchayat, Parliament and Assembly elections so that Tuki comes back as the Chief Minister.
He said Tuki has the ability to steer Arunachal into a new era of development and therefore needs the love and support of each and every citizen of the state.
Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, who never minces his words, called 'spade a spade' and asserted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party, has not much role to play in the lives and politics of Arunachal.
"Many promising leaders may start from the opposition but in the long run they come into the Congress fold. That proves the credibility of the Congress!" he observed.
Sanjoy also gave a piece of his mind to anti-dam protagonists. Referring to a demand for solving the recurring power crisis in the township, he expressed confusion 'what actually the people wanted'.
"On one hand you agitate for lack of power and on the other hand you agitate against producing power!" he said.
Asserting hydropower as the only way out for resource and employment avenue-crunch state, Sanjoy appealed the anti-dam agitators to make up their minds and think rationally.
He also appealed them to put their grievances in front of the government and talk straight-face but with logic keeping in mind the overall welfare and development of the state.
"Our Congress government is a people's government. Please come, sit, think rationally, talk and resolve your issues. After all, it is our state that is at stake," he concluded.
The mega Congress rally was also addressed by Bosiram Siram and Parliamentary Secretary for Education J K Panggeng and attended by legislators Padi Richo, Ralom Borang, Bamang Felix and Alo Libang, besides other leaders of the INC district unit and frontal wings. (ANI)