PASIGHAT, Sept 11: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu Tuesday dedicated the Arunachal’s first Sainik school to the people of the state at Niglok in the presence of deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, Arunachal Pradesh BJP president Tapir Gao, education minister Honchun Ngandam, health minister Alo Libang and others.
The school began its first academic session this year with intake of 60 students selected from all over Arunachal and rest part of the country.
Addressing the gathering, the chief minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman for granting three Sainik schools for the state.
He said that with Tuesday’s inauguration, the decision for location of other two Sainik Schools will be decided with due consultation to cover the eastern and western belt of the state.
He said the state rightfully deserves Sainik schools as Arunachali people are known for their patriotism, which is exemplified through greetings of ‘Jai Hind’ by the locals for the jawans guarding the borders.
He also said that opening of Sainik schools would provide opportunity for the youth of state to pursue for career in armed forces and other prestigious career.
Khandu congratulated the first batch of the students and appreciated the role of the principal of Sainik School, Goalpara Captain Edwin Jothirajan for his efforts on the ground for early establishment of the school.
He also thanked deputy chief minister for taking great effort in finalising the allotment of land of 100 acres for the school by undertaking field visits and successfully liaising with different government departments.
The chief minister said the school is at present functioning from its temporary building and assured support for additional infrastructure requirement for hostel and academic buildings.
He also promised to start the work for school building in the permanent site this year and to complete it within three years.
Earlier in his speech, deputy chief minister said that no stone would remain unturned in providing infrastructure support for successfully running the school.
Education minister Honchun Ngandam and secretary (education) Madhurani Teotia also spoke on the occasion.
Advisor to chief minister Lombo Tayeng, Lok Sabha MP (East) Ninong Ering, principal Lt Col Ashok and other dignitaries were present.