Arunachal Chief Minister bats for better relations with Sikkim for ‘mutual prosperity’

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Itanagar: Chief Minister Pima Khandu on Sunday stressed the need to strengthen ties between Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim to address common development issues and ensure mutual prosperity in both the states.

“The culture of our state has evolved with constant interaction and exchange with the entire North East region. This bond must be strengthened.

The Chief Minister was addressing a cultural exchange program between Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim at Dirang in West Kameng District.

Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly LB Das, Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Assembly, officials and cultural teams of the two states were present on the occasion.

Noting that Arunachal Pradesh has witnessed tidal changes in the past few decades in terms of material and human resource development, Khandu sought to improve relations between the northeastern states on issues such as ecosystem protection, cultural trade, tourism and its use. He also stressed the need to strengthen. Human capital.

“To bring a ‘mountain approach’ to national and sub-national planning and policy-making, we look forward to working with the Government of Sikkim to address our common development issues and ensure mutual prosperity in our states.”

Khandu pointed out that since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the reins of affairs, the North East has seen a rapid increase in overall growth. He said that earlier Northeast consisted of seven sisters but with the inclusion of Sikkim as the eighth state, Northeast was completed.

“Northeast today consists of seven sisters and one brother – Sikkim. We are now complete as a family,” he said.

Khandu cited a number of areas that Arunachal Pradesh can learn from Sikkim, including tourism, organic farming, education and health, and expressed hope that the Sikkim government would co-operate with Arunachal Pradesh and move forward on the path of sustainable and mutual development.

Since Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are rich in natural knowledge of folk tales, folk songs, traditional medicine, spiritual healing systems, mountains, rivers, topography and medicinal plants, Khandu advocated for such regular cultural exchange programs.

He included Ladakh in such programs, citing the cultural similarities between the people of Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. He added that both Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have promises in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, hydropower and sports.

“We are stepping up our efforts to reach full potential in these areas. We believe that with joint efforts, shared knowledge and active cooperation between the two states, we can bring prosperity and happiness to our two states.”

On this occasion, Khandu also dedicated the newly built Gyalchan Karma Thrinley Tenne Monastery in Hussain Valley of Sangti Valley to the people.

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