A massive gathering of dignitaries and general public at Namsai in eastern Arunachal Pradesh marked the one year celebration of the BJP government in the state on Tuesday.

On the completion of one year in office, the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday vowed to fight corruption so that the welfare programmes ‘percolate down to the last needy’ and the state progresses on all fronts.

Speaking at a large gathering in Namsai, to celebrate the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said that his government is zero-tolerant to corruption. “Corruption is the only stumbling block, which if tackled sincerely, Arunachal Pradesh, with its resources, can outgrow many states in the country,” the chief minister said addressing a huge gathering of public at the celebration event which was also attended by BJP national general secretary (Org) Ram Lal, general secretary in-charge Northeast Ajay Jamwal, MoS home Kiren Rijiju, Assam MP and BJP in charge of Arunachal Pradesh Ramen Deka, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, state legislative assembly speaker, all state ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs and a host of other dignitaries.

In stern words, Khandu cautioned that he won’t hesitate to take action against anyone found involved in corruption irrespective of position or office. Reiterating that he has recommended CBI enquiry into the infamous PDS scam that rocked the power corridors of the state few years ago, Khandu said it was just the beginning of his crusade against corruption.

“Till I am in office, I will not tolerate corruption in any form and I will not think twice to take stern action against anyone from ministers, MLAs, officers, contractors to a common man,” he warned while informing that a Special Investigating Cell (SIC) has been instituted for query into the alleged irregularities in regularization of teachers recently.

Khandu asserted that elected representatives need to lead the crusade against corruption.

The Chief Minister also reiterated that his government will not compromise on law and order no matter the issue. In a message, clearly to bandh-enforcers, he said bandh calls on petty issues and wishful demands will be dealt sternly.

He called upon the people to cooperate with the government in its fight against corruption and bandh culture.

“Without the support and cooperation of the common masses no government will be strong enough with deal with such situations. Therefore, I appeal for your active cooperation and support,” Khandu said while thanking the people for defying several bandh calls, particularly in the state capital in recent times.

He emphasized on his oft-repeated mantra ‘Team Arunachal’ and asserted that without team-work no job can be done. He thanked all his cabinet colleagues, legislators, officers BJP karyakartas and the people for contributing their bit in strengthening the Team Arunachal and working together for development of the state.

“All achievements and progress made in the last one year, I contribute to our team work,” he said.

Terming transparency and accountability as the most important aspects for clean governance, Khandu said the BJP government in the state has taken it seriously and kept every decision and execution in public domain.

Khandu hailed deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the finance portfolio, for his in-depth knowledge on financial management and pulling out the state financial status from huge liabilities. He assured of an all-inclusive and progressive budget 2018-19 under Mein’s leadership and informed that the process for finalizing the budget is under progress.

He also underscored the importance of a robust connectivity set-up for accelerated development in the state and said that the state government with the support of central government is giving it top priority.

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