Recognizing the hardships endured by residents in the district’s foothills as a result of the inter-state boundary dispute with Assam, Chief Minister Pema Khandu assured them on Wednesday that a permanent solution was not far away. He was speaking at the Silver Jubilee Mopin celebration at Hime in Lower Siang’s Kangku circle.
“The first round of meetings to resolve the issue has already taken place, with the active support of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.” The second round will take place in the coming days. Following this, all stakeholders will make a site visit. “Both Sarma and I are committed to working out a permanent solution to all of our existing boundary issues,” Khandu said.
He urged the people of Lower Siang district to accept the state government’s decision on demarcating its administrative boundary with East Siang and establishing its permanent headquarters in Siji, and he pledged his support for the area’s development.
Lower Siang, along with Namsai, Kra Daadi, and Siang, was created in 2013 but could not be developed at the same rate as its contemporaries due to a variety of issues, according to Khandu.
“Enough already. We needed to implement a permanent solution with a decision that was supported by all parties involved and affected. leaving a legacy
“We now have to focus on the district’s development rather than all of these issues,” he said.
Khandu assured that he is in regular contact with Lower Siang district legislators Kento Rina and Kardo Nyigyor of the Nari and Likabali constituencies, respectively.
“We will ensure the district’s overall development in consultation with both MLAs.” “People here have been through enough,” he said.
The Chief Minister praised the leaders of the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), who traveled from Assam to attend the celebration.
“The very presence of Paramananda Chayengia, chairman of the MAC, as well as representatives of prominent Mising organizations at the festival, demonstrates the bonhomie and brotherhood shared by people of both states living along the boundary,” he said.
“Due to administrative requirements, we must have a permanent interstate boundary.” Otherwise, we’ve been living peacefully for a long time,” he explained.
Khandu praised the Galos for preserving their culture through thick and thin and emphasized the importance of indigenous festivals in their traditional sense.
He emphasized that if indigenous cultures in the state are not properly preserved and passed down to the next generation, they will fade away in the future, erasing Arunachal’s distinct identity.
“One fine day, we will depart from this world.” As a result, we must pass on our culture and traditions to the next generation so that even if we die, our culture will live on,” he said.
Khandu applauded the MAC chairman for addressing the festival in his native Mising dialect. He believes that being able to communicate in one’s native language is the first and most important step toward preserving culture.
“Being able to communicate in English or Hindi does not elevate your status.” “Being able to speak your mother tongue will greatly increase your social standing,” he said.
He stated that the state government has so far introduced the teaching of eight local dialects in primary level schools through the department of indigenous affairs and in collaboration with prominent CBOs in the state. He stated that work is being done to introduce the remaining indigenous languages into schools.
The chief minister urged villagers to take advantage of government schemes such as the Atmanirbhar Krishi Yojana and Atmanirbhar Bagwani Yojana, which were introduced last year to help the rural economy.
He stated that Rs. 200 crore has been kept in the current budget – 100 crore for each scheme – and urged farmers, particularly SHGs and FPOs, to take advantage of the schemes.
Agriculture Minister Tage Taki, legislators Kardo Nyikyor, Gokar Basar, Kento Rina, and Laisam Simai, as well as representatives of the Galo Welfare Society and other Mising organisations, attended the celebration. (CM’s Public Relations Cell)