Itanagar: In a path breaking step, which can further strengthen the socio-cultural relationship between the two states, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Saturday announced that Assamese will be included as the third language and taught in the schools of his state.
Khandu was speaking as the chief guest at a function organised at Bolung in Lower Dibang valley district of Arunachal Pradesh after jointly unveiling a statue of literary and cultural icon Bhupen Hazarika along with Assam minister for power Tapan Gogoi on Saturday.
Khandu said that a proposal to this effect will be moved during the next Cabinet meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh government. The move will be a New Year’s gift to the people of Assam, he added.
Khandu was responding to a proposal put up by the Asom Sahitya Sabha, Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society and Arunachal Pradesh deputy CM Chowna Mein.
Assam power minister Tapan Gogoi said that in order to immortalise the memory of Hazarika, the Assam government has initiated certain steps like naming the Dhola-Sadiya bridge as Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu and setting up of the Bhupen Hazarika Cultural Project near the bridge for which the government has already acquired a 200-bigha land.
The life-size statue of the cultural icon has been constructed by famous sculptor and artist Biren Singha of Assam and has been named as the ‘Statue of Brotherhood’.