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NE States enjoy Centre’s full attention: Arunachal Governor

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) addressing students at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar on Tuesday. – Photo: Correspondent
 ITANAGAR, Sept 17 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) today said the Central Government would never initiate any action, which would directly or indirectly harm the interests of the people of North East.

Negating the apprehension of the people regarding the continuance of Article 371(H) and the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 (under which the inner line permit system applies to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram), the Governor claimed that the North Eastern Region enjoys the full attention of the Central Government, where Arunachal Pradesh is the most favoured State.

“For the welfare of the State and respecting the sentiments of the people, the Central Government will never initiate any action which will directly or indirectly harm the interests of the people of the North East,” he said.

Welcoming the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution withdrawing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Governor stated that these provisions aided anti-national activities, segregated the people and led to violence in that State.

“The provisions under Article 35-A and Article 370 were never beneficial for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, nor in the national interest,” stated the Governor while interacting with a group of students from various institutions of higher learning at the Raj Bhavan here today.

He also shared with the young audience the history of Kashmir from 1819, when Maharaja Ranjit Singh captured the region, to the creation of Article 370 and Article 35-A. The Governor said that the students of the day are the future leaders, a generation which would lead the society and the State. He exhorted them to make themselves of indispensable merit for the nation.

The Governor also cautioned against three aspects – terrorism and violence, degradation of environment and population explosion – and advised the students to fight against these three challenges tooth and nail.

Students from the Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills (Doimukh), North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology, Nirjuli, National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, and Bini Yanga Govt Women’s College, Lekhi, participated in the seventh episode of the Governor-students’ interaction programme.

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