The winners in men’s category Credit: EastMojo image

Ziro: Mrs Gaon Buri and Mr Gaon Bura, a one-of-its-kind pageant, was organised to mark the second foundation day celebration of DWBO Gaon Bura Buri Association (DGBBA) at Nago Putu in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Subansiri district on Friday.

The picturesque Nago Putu is earmarked for the Central Dree Ground.

The Gaon Buras and Gaon Buris (village heads), mostly above 60 years of age, walked the ramp dressed in their traditional attire to convey their celebration of experience.

A brainchild of social activist Yachang Tacho, the pageant brought tears of joy, love and respect for the Gaon Buris and Gaon Buras as some wrinkled and freckled faces, and some with a bit hunch, tried to march in tempo with the music and smiles that touched the hearts of all the onlookers.

The winners in women’s category

Tacho, also the organising chairman, said: “This pageant is organised to create health consciousness and encourage the participation of our elders in social activities.”

He added: “We are also trying to instil confidence through this interaction program so that while they are reviving their authority on law and order, GBs have to show their solidarity, strength and efficacy for better handling of village-level civil cases.”

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The competition consisted of a traditional round and a question-answer round for the 14 Gaon Buras and 12 Gaon Buris who participated in the event.

Tage Assung, Koj Oche and Michi Ampi were adjudged as the winner, first and second runner-up in the women’s category while Tilling Morth, Bamin Tallo and Bamin Dogin were the toppers among the men in that order.

The prizes were given away by agriculture, horticulture and fishery minister Tage Taki.

He congratulated the team for coming up with “such a noble idea” and said that such events will develop confidence and improve self-esteem of the Gaon Buras and Gaon Buris. “Also termed as the guardians of the society, the GB institution will develop a better comradeship in the long process,” he added.

“To strengthen the GB institution, there has to be a mix of both experienced people and younger people. I suggest for framing rules where very old and immovable GBs are respectfully retired, paving way for functional GBs,” Taki said.

The DGBBA unifies the GBs of Bamin-Michi, Mudang Tage and Dutta villages. On February 16, 2018, it passed a resolution wherein GB institutions shall take up village-level civil cases and also create awareness on cleanliness and hygienic living.

This resolution, adopted in the presence of Tanw Supun Dukun, Apatani Youth Association Apatani Women Association Ziro, Dwbo Welfare Association, ZPM and ACP of Dwbo, All Dutta Development & Welfare Association, Miha Pelo, All Michi Welfare Committee, All Bamin Welfare Committee and All Ziro Hapoli Youth Association has an umbrella effect on all the GBs of Ziro Valley.

As a part of the celebration, a lecture session by Arunachal Pradesh Legal Services Secretary Budhi Habung on the duties and rights of GBs, various awareness cum exhibition stalls by Legal Metrology, Disaster Management, Forest and Medical departments were organised. While the Forest Department distributed free saplings, the Medical Department conducted an NCD screening camp on diabetes mellitus, blood pressure and BMI measurement.

ADC Nending Chatung, Gaon Buras and Buris from Kamle and Ziro-II (Yazali, Yachuli and Pistna circles), HoDs and local people attended the programme.

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