Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra on Sunday flagged off the North-East India Inter-State Friendship Car Rally 2022 from Itanagar. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor appreciated the International Friendship Car Rally Association (IFCRA) for organising the rally which aims to promote and create awareness about tourism of the North Eastern Region. He said that the rally will encourage and spread goodwill and amity in the region. Complimenting the participants from all eight North-Eastern states, the Governor urged them to promote the spirit of ‘ASTAM-NMM’, acronym for the eight NE states, which is phonetically pronounced as ‘Astam Namam’, meaning ‘Salute to the Great Eight’. Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi who says that India will develop if the North Eastern Region of India develops, Mishra said that the region is developing in the spirit of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishvas aur Sabka Prayas’ and it is important that the participants in the car rally spread this message all along their routes and at halts. The Governor further exhorted the participants to spread the missions of ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’, ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ as goodwill ambassadors of the development. He also asked them to create awareness of tourism, traditional textiles, loin loom products and handicrafts of Arunachal Pradesh amongst the other North Eastern States. Among others, Kalaktang MLA Dorjee Wangdi Kharma, state’s Youth Affairs Director Ramesh Linggi, IFCRA president Pem Sonam and vice president Tenzng Khalong were present during the flag-off ceremony. The friendship car rally, being sponsored by the North Eastern Council, Ministry of DoNER and the Department of Youth Affairs, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, will cover all the eight NE States of India.