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Arunachal celebrates Statehood Day
 ITANAGAR, Feb 20 - The 33rd Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated in a grand way at Indira Gandhi Park here on Wednesday.

Gracing the occasion as the chief guest, State Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) said that the Statehood has paved the way for speedy development.

With the Central Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi according special focus for the development of the State, the Governor said, “We have achieved a lot…and credit for this goes to every citizen of the State who under the leadership of PM Modi and Chief Minister Pema Khandu contributed in assisting the government and administration for the development of the State.”

The Governor, who earlier unfurled the national tri-colour and took the salute from the APP jawans, reiterated his call for ensuring hundred per cent transparent implementation of the developmental projects, and called upon every citizen to make sure that all the projects are implemented with honesty and accountability.

While paying tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama terror attack, the Governor expressed his anguish that some of the youths of the State, particularly in eastern Arunachal districts are lured towards gun culture and drug culture. He appealed to them to join back the mainstream of the society for their own wellbeing.

He also cautioned the youth against drug abuse and advised them to stand against this culture, which is destroying them, their family and the society.

Later, the Governor declared the three-day ‘Festival of Arunachal’ open and inaugurated the exhibition and food stalls at the venue. The Governor also presented the State Awards, Chief Minister’s Excellence Award in Civil Service and Dorjee Khandu Memorial Award to people from different walks of life.

Governor’s wife Neelam Misra, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, and Chief Secretary Satya Gopal were present on the occasion.

Besides traditional folk dances of various tribes, troupes from Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya presented a cultural programme under ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’, a Government of India initiative that aims to improve the present cultural connection across various States of India.

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