Mechuka: Arunachal Pradesh Sports and Youth Affairs minister Mama Natung and state legislative assembly speaker P D Sona on Tuesday celebrated Shaheed Diwas with the soldiers of ITBP at Lamang, the last Indian outpost along the Indo-Sino border in Shi-Yomi district.

The Lamang outpost is located around 47km away from Mechuka, one of the ADC headquarters of the newly created Shi-Yomi district.

Interacting with the soldiers, Natung hailed the ITBP for guarding the borders of the country while leaving behind all comfort, especially their families.

“It is an honour for me to be able to interact with you all on this special occasion of Shaheed Diwas, the day which is dedicated to remembering the sacrifice that brave freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru made for the nation,” Natung said.

“Never feel alone as we all are with you. The entire country is with you,” the minister told the jawans while adding that the people of the country are certain that its armed forces will never compromise the nation’s security.

Natung said that the purpose of his visit to the outpost was also to know the ground reality of the country’s border and the wellbeing of the soldiers who are guarding them.

“We will submit the necessary report to the government so that essential help is provided to the people living at border areas and the soldiers,” he said.

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Airgun Surrender Abhiyaan

Natung and Sona, on the same day, also participated in the ‘Airgun Surrender Abhiyaan’ organised by the Aalo division of the forest department at Lhalung village.

In his address to the villagers, the minister appealed to them to shun hunting culture and protect the wildlife for future generations.

The minister also interacted with the villagers and PRI leaders and assured all help with regards to developmental projects.

Sona said that he never imagined that the airgun surrender campaign would receive such massive support from the people. 

“I was initially not sure if the campaign would be a success; however, the support of the people has made it a statewide campaign. I request the people to support it more so that the ecological balance of the state is maintained,” he said.

Sona also appreciated the villagers for surrendering the airguns on such short notice.

The minister and speaker later visited the Surface Minor Irrigation Project at Darjeeling, Samten Yangchag Monastery, Tap Asthan Shri Guru Nanak Gurudwara and the Hanuman Mandir.

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