Itanagar, December 21: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “friend and saviour” of North East, especially of Arunachal Pradesh.
“Just think of this … in about 26 years since Arunachal Pradesh became a state, less than 50 visits were made to the state by Union ministers. After Modi became the Prime Minister in 2014, which is about four and half years, number of visits by Union ministers stand at about 130-plus,” Khandu said.
He also expressed confidence that Arunachal Pradesh will continue to receive such attention even after 2019 as Modi would return as the Prime Minister
Addressing a public meeting at Mariyang in Upper Siang district, Khandu asked the people of the state to shun ‘cash-for-vote’ culture.
He said Arunachal Pradesh has earned a bad reputation due to bad election practices, which has resulted in backwardness of the state on all fronts.
He urged the people to use their franchise to elect leaders, who can actually work for their welfare and development of the state without demanding personal favours, a CMO release said.
“After the creation of Staff Selection Board, you must have realised that favours like job-for- vote is not possible anymore. Now you have to also ensure that cash-for-vote practice is thwarted if you wish to see development in real sense,” Khandu said.
“If we want change in the system, it is we who have to change first,” he said while hinting at ‘hard’ reforms in the near future.
Khandu disclosed that he has already started the exercise to bring in reforms by forming committees of experts drawn from various backgrounds.
Expressing confidence of forming the government again in 2019, he said these reforms would be implemented immediately after the elections.
“At first it will cause hardships especially to ministers, legislators, government employees and the people but in the long run the state and its people will benefit. Every change comes with pains and burns but these are short-lived. Ultimate goal is development of the state and welfare of our people,” he said. (PTI)