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Concept of pan-Arunachal only mantra for development: Khandu

Itanagar, May 10 (UNI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has re-emphasized the concept of pan-Arunachal as the “only” mantra for overall development of the state and welfare of its people.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the valedictory function of the first ever ‘Arunachal Yuva Samanvay’, organized by the State’s Youth Affairs department at Jairampur in Changlang district on Monday.

Khandu said dreaming and working together taking into consideration every tribe and part of the state is the only way forward. Khandu said the current trend of thinking for self and tribe first should be reversed. “The trend of keeping the interest of self first, then the tribe you belong to and the state last must be reversed. We should keep the interest of the state first, tribe next and self last. Only then we would grow as a state,” he added.

According to him, as the state has several tribes, planning should be based on the pan-Arunachal concept so that each tribe gets equal share of development. “And the concept of pan-Arunachal should begin from every individual, especially the youths,” he said.

Hailing the ‘success’ of the four-day Arunachal Yuva Samanvay, attended by youths from all 26 major tribes of the State, Khandu announced to make it an annual calendar event of the state government. He requested Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Mama Natung, who was also present at the function, to submit a proposal in this regard immediately for the state cabinet to consider.

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