Itanagar: Issues like starting of Arunachal Pradesh’s first State University at Pasighat, COVID-19 vaccination drive, major development projects including the construction of Itanagar Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and Miao-Vijoynagar Road, and promotion of tourism in the State were discussed when Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
The Governor, while noting that as the lone Central varsity of the State, Rajiv Gandhi University, is ‘overstressed’ for post-graduation courses, emphasised that all efforts must be made for early start of the State University at Pasighat, a communiqué from the Raj Bhavan said.
“With good infrastructure, competent faculty and quality academic management, the State University will be a boon for our students going for higher education,” the Governor said with conviction.
“Strict monitoring of the developmental projects, especially those which will have a long-term impact on the socio-economic growth of the State was the focus of their (Governor-Chief Minister’s) discussion,” the communiqué said, adding that the Governor stressed on ‘timely’ completion of the ambitious projects like Hollongi Airport, Trans-Arunachal Highway and the strategically important Miao-Vijoynagar road.
During the meeting, the Governor commended the Chief Minister and his team of health officials for covering 77 per cent of the state’s population of 18 years and above with the first dose and 54 per cent with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
He, however, shared his concern about very little COVID vaccination coverage in some of the districts like Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey, Upper Subansiri and East Kameng.
The Governor and the Chief Minister also discussed law and order, security and other administrative issues of the State.
The Chief Minister, who has recently returned to the State capital from the Tawang border area tour, briefed the Governor about the development initiatives on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Khandu also apprised the Governor of the bonhomie of the local people with the troops of Indian Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Sashastra Seema Bal and the troops’ goodwill work for the locals, the communiqué said.