In its efforts to promote industry in the eastern state, the Arunachal Pradesh government on Friday hosted the ‘Dream Change – Arunachal 2027’ conclave in Itanagar.

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The two-day event, in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University and NGO Center for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD), at the Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly building will witness deliberation on subjects like economy and development, expanding agriculture and allied sectors, health service delivery, challenges of education, skilling for the future and protection and continuity of heritage and cultural expressions by over 130 speakers from amongst policy makers, researchers, economists, scholars, academicians, etc.

The inaugural session of the conclave was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra, chief minister Pema Khandu, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, home minister Kumar Waii, rural development minister Alo Libang, education minister Honchun Ngandam, secretary DoNER Navin Verma and several legislators, bureaucrats, technocrats, social activists, NGO leaders, invitees and academicians.

Speaking on the occasion, Khandu termed the initiative a historic one as all stakeholders, policy-makers and experts from across the state and outside have gathered under one roof for the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh for putting their brains and expertise in framing a roadmap for Arunachal Pradesh to grow in the next 10 years.

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“We have been lagging behind on all fronts for long. But with the keen interest and determination of the Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Northeast is on the path of accelerated development. As the Centre is offering all its assistance for our development, it’s upon us to plan a time-bound roadmap for ourselves for the future. Hence this conclave,” he said.

While citing important projects under implementation like road, rail and air connectivity in the state, the chief minister found no reason that the state should remain backward anymore.

“We have all resources at our disposal. With the coming up of road, rail, air and digital connectivity the road ahead is open and inviting for us. We just need a comprehensive and time-bound roadmap to guide us and the determination to achieve it,” he pointed.

Urging all stakeholders to sincerely rake their brains in the ensuing sessions for the future of Arunachal Pradesh, Khandu assured that the results when comprised into a roadmap will be strictly followed to the letter.

“I believe when so many of the best of best brains come out with a comprehensive roadmap, it will not fail. On my part, I assure that the suggestions and path ahead shown by you all will be strictly followed. I know the stepping stone to a brighter and surer future has been laid today,” he said.

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