In what can be termed as truly historic and epoch-making chapter in the annals of Arunachal Pradesh history, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind accompanied by the First Lady of India visited Arunachal Pradesh on 19th November 2017 .
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, addressed legislators at a special session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Itanagar today (November 19, 2017).
Addressing the legislators, the President urged them to remember that they had been elected as members of the Legislative Assembly to achieve the aspirations of the people of the State and to render public service. After election, they represented all citizens of their constituency, including those who may not have voted for them. As legislators, they are guardians of public interest and trust. It is their responsibility to make laws that improve the lives of people and to resolve issues of public concern.
The President said that we are all citizens of a culturally rich and diverse country. There is such variety in food, clothing, customs and even religious traditions in India. And yet, this diversity is our strength and unites us. Whether it is Tirupati or Tarnetar or the Buddhist monastery of Tawang, it inspires every Indian and is a matter of pride for each of us.
The President said that Arunachal Pradesh’s experience of “unity in diversity” expresses our country’s traditions beautifully. There are many ethnic and religious communities in the state, and they live together in harmony. This is an ideal for all Indians.
The President said that being a border state, Arunachal Pradesh offers a unique opportunity to trade and do business with neighbouring countries. He expressed hope that Arunachal Pradesh would become a driver of India’s trade and economic relations with ASEAN countries under the Act East Policy.
Earlier in the day, the President graced the valedictory function of the completion of 40 years of the Vivekananda Kendra in Itanagar.
Speaking on the occasion, the President praised the Vivekananda Kendra for commendable work in Arunachal Pradesh in the field of education. He was happy to note that the Vivekananda Kendra’s schools had kept alive the guru-shishya tradition through the Gurukul system. They have maintained Indian culture through yoga, pranayama, meditation, Sanskrit and other legacies of our past.
The President noted that the Vivekananda Kendra schools are a happy synthesis of our traditional knowledge and values and of modern science and technology.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd) attended the dedication function of the State Legislative Assembly building at Itanagar. The State Legislative Assembly building was dedicated to the people of Arunachal Pradesh by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on 19th November 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Legislative Assembly is a long needed infrastructure to provide a convenient ambience to the legislators in the State. It will provide a dignified and befitting platform and convenience to the legislators to reflect, review and sit for ratiocination, for drafting, debating and enacting laws for the benefit of the people in the days to come. He wished that the legislators will work with transparency and accountability visible to the people.
Recalling the event on 19th November 1893, when the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln while attending the ‘Thanks giving’ at the National War Cemetery, at Gettysburg for the soldiers killed in war for “human rights” between the Union Forces and the Confederate Forces, had defined the Democracy as, Government of the People, By the People and For the People, the Governor said USA is the oldest Democracy but we are proud to be the largest Democracy.
The Governor emphasized that elected leaders must act to preserve the truth, promote the well being of the people and strive with right spirit to uphold the National Motto ‘Satyamev Jayte’.
Earlier, TN Thongdok, Speaker AP Legislative Assembly thanked the President for dedicating the Legislative Assembly Building to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He also welcomed the new Governor (Retd) Brigd. B.D Mishra. Briefing the history of the evolution of Legislative Assembly the Speaker said that the magnificent building should be energised with vibrancy and vigour. The House and the committees must be made to function as instruments of good governance. Assembly will be now opened to media and will be portable. The object is to make the committees people- friendly as well as to lay democracy at the door steps of the common man.
The speaker further said that the magnificent Assembly Secretariat was the brainchild and dream of late Dorjee Khandu, Chief Minister and appreciated the continued effort of the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in bringing in funds for completion of the Assembly building. While speaking glowingly about the President ,the Speaker said ,”Shri Ram Nath Kovind is a living testimony to how perseverance can raise people from the pit to the pedestal. Humble origins seldom obfuscate one who conquer destiny by sheer hard work and dedication. Conversion of adversities into advantages calls for a committed zeal for continuous ascendancy . Ram Nath Kovind is an epitome of all these mantras. Tireless work is the talisman for turning every testing time into a twinkling opportunity. His biography is a brilliant canvas for the youths to emulate”
Earlier, the President and the First lady were accorded a warm reception by the Governor, Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues,MoS(Home)Kiren Rijiju,Chief Secretary and other dignitaries of the state.