Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh): The sun in a true sense will rise from the horizon of the ‘Land Rising Sun’, Arunachal Pradesh, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paving the way for it to enlighten the entire world, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said with conviction today.
“This is a forgone conclusion, as the process has begun with a paradigm shift in the development process by the Modi-led government,” Rijiju said in response to a question from this editor, adding “the sun will undoubtedly rise from Arunachal, as it would make a rapid stride in infrastructure development to progress towards prosperity during the next four years”.
The process will be reversed for states to generate resources to speed up development by doing away with the special category state status, said Rijiju, who air-dashed from New Delhi to attend the sixth edition of the Festival of Unity of the Arunachal Panorama at the Rajiv Gandhi University here.
“As per new criteria of tax devolution by the 14th Finance Commission, Arunachal will get four times higher allocation (Rs. 7231 crore),” he said. However, he expressed apprehension about the state having the capacity to absorb such huge funds. “The funds allocated are surrendered while utilisation certificates remain pending all the times,” Rijiju said.
In tune with the Look East policy of the NDA Government, all eight states of the north east will witness tremendous growth within next four years, the minister said, and added that border trade will begin at Moreh (Manipur), Pangsau Pass and Tawang (In Arunachal).
He also said that BSNL will provide broadband facilities within a year and all Arunachal villages, irrespective of population will be linked by road by 2019. He described the region as uniquely gifted in terms of having excess water, and predicted that Arunachal is poised to be one of the most prosperous states of the country if its potential is realised to its fullest.
He cited the example of Libya, a rich country, where the failure of planners to properly utilise natural resources had brought about bloodshed instead of prosperity.
“We are a region with more governments and less governance and with excessive obsession for positions”, he said. As an example, he cited the banners of students’ union elections decorating both sides of the capital’s roads. He wondered if it “reflected the states’ future with no such trend in the world and advocated actions within the ambit of law”.
He said the state exported the menace from Assam to turn it into a land of associations and unions, and blamed the past rulers, seniors and himself for misgovernance, adding that the character of politicians’ reflect society. He questioned: “Why to blame and criticise the for sake of it?”
Calling on the Rajiv Gandhi University to develop a pan-Arunachal identity, Rijiju said that the institution is not only a centre of excellence, but also a symbol of unity that could become the guiding force for state building. For this, he added, the academicians could play a vital role.
“Intolerance is the greatest enemy of Arunachal with the locals only identifying themselves on clan lines. If Nagami is the unifying factor for Nagas, Arunachalees have to evolve a pan-Arunachalee identity as their unifying symbol,” he reasoned. The spectacular show was highly encouraging, reflecting that there was no threat to the rich cultural mosaic, he added.
Exhorting the varsity community to work for the higher global ranking for the RGU with conviction and commitment and to achieve the goal by not only producing job seekers, but also producing job givers, he said, “We cannot remain a consumer state, but have to be a producer one.”
Admitting that the people of the north east are racially discriminated in the mainland because of ignorance, he said students of the region studying in the mainland have been assured of protection through the amendments of the IPC and the CrPC. However, he called upon the youth to prove their mettle like Olympics medalist boxer Mary Kom to get recognised, instead of craving for it.
“As the RGU nurtures knowledge, you could pitch in to assist the GoAP finding solutions to numerous nagging problems,” the state’s Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary, Muchu Mithi, said, adding “You have the capability to shape state’s destiny. A united Arunachal as envisioned would not be possible if we don’t think uniformly and talk univocally”.
“Voice your concerns in a positive manner and grab the opportunities after passing out of the varsity, as the state is heading for progress and prosperity,” Mithi added.
Earlier, RGU Vice Chancellor Professor Tamo Mibang said the platform, conceived by former Arunachal University Vice Chancellor Professor Atul Sharma to develop a pan-Arunachal identity, would facilitate the youth to promote, preserve and protect their rich cultural heritage while strengthening the canvas of unity and diversity.
He hoped the youth would rise to the occasion to achieve the goal to strengthen the national unity by emulating the ideals of Rijiju, a role model for the state’s youth.
The festival got off to a colourful start with colourful cultural presentation, reflecting the vivacity of young Arunachalees, representing numerous tribes of the state The views expressed in the above interview and article are that of Mr. Pradeep Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of the Arunachal Front.