Itanagar: In a bid to promote adventure tourism in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh government’s Department of Tourism on Tuesday handed over paragliders and paragliding equipment to seven pilots of the Paragliding Association of Arunachal (PAA).

The paragliders were handed over the beneficiaries by tourism director Abu Tayeng under the ambitious Chief Minister Paryatan Vikas Yojna (CMPVY), a major flagship programme of the state government aimed at offering assistance to unemployed youths.

The CMPVY is implemented by the department of tourism through the state-owned State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd.

Addressing the event held at the directorate of tourism here, tourism deputy director Bengia Manna Sonam informed that so far 20 unemployed youths of the state who have completed the paragliding courses have been extended support under the CMPVY.

“Tagit Sorang who scaled Mount Everest last month was also supported under the scheme,” Sonam said, expressing satisfaction over the everester’s achievement.

She further motivated the paragliding pilots to take advantage of the assistance extended by the government and make the state proud in their field.

PAA president Vijay Sonam informed that Basar in Lepa-Rada district and Paya near Aalo in West Siang, Anini in Dibang Valley, Mechuka in Shi-Yomi and Dambuk in Lower Dibang Valley district are feasible for paragliding.

He requested the department of tourism to include paragliding as one of the events in all the adventure festivals sponsored by the department to promote adventure tourism in the state.

Further thanking the department for providing wings to the pilots, Vijay informed that around 40 paragliding pilots have been trained under the PPA so far and out of which 20 pilots including 5 lady pilots received support under the CMPVY.

Director Tayeng on his part appreciated the efforts of PPA and assured to extend all possible support to the organisation.

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