Minister: Be hospitable to tourists and respect them


ITANAGAR, India – Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu on Wednesday made one more appeal to people to help in transforming the state into a favourite tourist destination.

“Our state is blessed with immense potential and efforts should be made by everybody to exploit it to the optimum for progress and development of people here”, Khandu said at the inaugural day of the centennial celebrations of Pasighat, the headquarters town of East Siang district.

“Be hospitable to tourists and respect them. Make them feel comfortable”, the chief minister said to the hoteliers and tour operators while directing the district administration to fix uniform rates in hotel rent and taxi fares. The seven-day celebration with the theme Honouring the past, visioning the future’, was kicked-off by the chief minister by offering river puja at Siang River and inaugurating the Pasighat Centenary Monument near Siang guest house.

Traditional games, dances, indigenous food and performences by Bollywood celebrities will be major attractions at the programme. Terming the bandh culture as an impediment to development, Khandu urged upon various organisations to give up such culture which would pave way for an investor-friendly environment in the state.Appreciating the rich culture and tradition of people of Siang belt, Khandu urged the younger generation to not forget the glorious past civilizations in the Adi history and to help preserve their unique tradition and culture.