It is ironic that a constitutional head of the state describing the same as “corrupt”, and that too on a first day of his office. In what may spark off a debate between the Congress-run state government and the Centre, ruled by BJP, newly appointed governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa, admitted of high corruption in the state and called for concerted efforts to root it out.
“Corruption in the state is high and the state government and civil societies should put concerted efforts to root it out,” Rajkhowa told reporters after swearing-in as the 19th governor of the state.
He further stressed that Corruption is a “chronic disease” in all the states of the country but the magnitude is more in Arunachal Pradesh. “The menace needs to be stopped immediately,” the Governor told the press.
On the decades-old border dispute between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Rajkhowa, a former chief secretary of Assam, said they were created by people with vested interest but those living in inter-state border areas always live peacefully and have family relations.
“The issue is pending with the Supreme Court. The one-man boundary commission has already submitted its report to the apex court and the judgement is awaited,” he said hoping the matter be resolved amicably by the state governments of the respective neighbouring states.
Assuring his assistance to the state government, Rajkhowa said that Arunachal has immense potential in horticulture and tourism sectors, especially cultural tourism.
Claiming that he’ll begin touring the state to know about the priorities of people, he stressed on the need to improve education in the state and added that the literacy rate was below average.
In his message to the people of the state, the new governor urged them to strive hard in education and to raise their standard of living.
(With inputs from PTI)