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Assam Association, Mumbai felicitates Rajkhowa

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, May 7 - The Assam Association, Mumbai in a function on May 5 evening felicitated Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa at Assam Bhawan, Vashi. This was stated in a press release.

The Governor and the First Lady of Arunachal Pradesh took some time out of their busy schedule to interact with the members of the Assamese community in Mumbai. They were welcomed by two cancer patients at the entrance of the Bhawan. The programme started with a Ganesh Vandana by Shikha Bordoloi.

Binod Mudiar, president of The Assam Association, Mumbai while giving the welcome speech highlighted the profile and achievements of the Governor and also apprised him the journey of the association since its inception in 1921. Deepa Jahan, adviser, while welcoming the First Lady spoke about her contributions towards the society. The members of the association felicitated both the guests with a bouquet, shawl and gamocha.

Aparup Borpuzari, spoke of the activities of the association and its future plans. He highlighted the association�s plan to plant 1000 trees on the occasion of the World Environment Day on June 5, 2016 and silver jubilee celebration in the latter half of the year. He also spoke about the programme �Jajabor � A tribute to Bhupenda, A tribute to Life,� which was organised in memory of the legend on November 5, 2014.

The members of the audience discussed some pertinent issues and sought the Governor�s views, support, and guidance. Some of the issues discussed were: improvement of railway connectivity and promotion of tourism in NE ; promotion of NE as a shooting destination of films; reason for poor representation of Assamese people in administrative services and how to improve it; ill treatment of NE students in cities of the country; the difficulties of patients coming for cancer treatment.

The Governor expressed his views in detail on each topic and suggested taking up the rail communication issue collectively by all the associations of NE states with the ministry concerned. The north-eastern region has tremendous potential to become a tourism hub. The North East being a virgin unexplored terrain could attract a large number of tourists for wildlife, adventure, water sports etc. Moreover, tourism industry has a large potential for employment generation.

The Governor also informed the gathering about the steps taken by the Arunachal government to encourage film shooting in the state.

Cancer being widespread among the people of North East, there is a need for special care which should be taken up by all state governments, he said. He advised the association to organise a seminar with the co-operation of the Ministry of Home, Govt of Maharashtra and invite the Home Ministers of all the NE states for addressing the student issue. The Governor donated Rs 40,000 to the association for financial support of cancer patients.

The First Lady Rita Rajkhowa praised the activities of the association and advised the members to carry out the good work done so far.

JP Rajkhowa, in his concluding address, emphasised on the need to address the problems of the society collectively by all the NE states and wished the association a great future.

Deepa Jahan conveyed her gratitude to the Governor and the First Lady for giving the members an opportunity for interaction. The programme was anchored by Nandini Sen Sharma.

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