Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Monday lauded the Galo community for zealously preserving its rich culture and successfully passing its heritage and traditions to the next generation.

Attending the Mopin festival at Basar in Leparada district today, Khandu said the rich culture of the Galos comes alive during Mopin, which has for years been their connect to the strong cultural roots.

Mopin is a popular agriculture festival of the Galo tribe celebrated mostly in the month of April every year.

The chief minister especially lauded the huge participation of youths and children in the festival, which he said is a healthy way of passing down the rich indigenous culture through generations.

Khandu called upon each tribe of the state to participate in festivals of other tribes so that they come to know each other’s traditions and culture.

“We have to know each other and develop respect for each other. Only then the pan-Arunachal feeling will emerge and we can all work together as Team Arunachal for progress of our state,” he said.

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu at Basar in Leparada district

Appreciating the Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK), a local NGO that started the popular BasCon festival, for doing stupendous work in promoting Leparada district, Khandu urged its members to come out with a practical concept for not only promoting the district but also for its overall development. He assured wholehearted support to its initiatives.

Khandu, who travelled by road from Pasighat, said it was his decision to get first-hand experience of the road.

He informed that the problem on the Akajan-Likabali-Bame stretch is of the Package 2, which is about 33 km after Likabali.

“This stretch is under NHIDCL. I spoke to its General Manager this morning. He too is personally touring the stretch right now,” he said.

He further revealed that the first contractor that took the job couldn’t finish it and therefore NHIDCL had to retender it. The second contractor, which had bided for less than about 28 percent, too failed to complete the project.

“Now NHIDCL has again floated the tender and they have assured to complete the package within two years,” he said assuring to take up the issue with the highest authorities.

Reiterating that road connectivity is a major priority of the government, Khandu said he has promised to take roads to Tali in KraDadi and Vijaynagar in Changlang district and that he is committed to fulfilling it.

The chief minister also put forward three issues – ‘the practice of polygamy, property rights to girls and drug addiction’ for deliberation by the people and sought their feedback.

He said times have changed and therefore people need to have a wider perspective of age-old practices and adapt to change wherever necessary.

Meanwhile, Khandu assured to establish the Central Zone Commissioner Office and Cultural Hall at Basar as assured earlier.

Earlier in the morning, the chief minister flagged off the ‘MTB Mopin Joy Ride Cum Awareness Ride 2021’ organized by Arunachal Amateur Bicycling Association (AABA). About 20 cyclists from all over India are participating in the event who will be cycling across Leparada district.

He also met the members of the Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK). During the meeting, the members briefed the chief minister about the activities being undertaken by the GRK.

This was followed by an oath administered by MP Tapir Gao to GRK members to never hunt, kill wild animals, or consume wildlife meat.

A power point presentation was made by Tajum Yomcha on the bio-diversity conservation of Nguda Pokcho, watershed area of four rivers of the area Kidi, Hei, Hingen and Echi.

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