Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Saturday inaugurated the festival ground of the Aka-Miji community at Jullang in presence of Union MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju.
Khandu, in his speech, congratulated the Aka-Miji community for acquiring a festival ground in the state capital for celebrating the festival of Chindang, Nyethrii-Down and Sarok. He thanked the land donors of the festival ground and offered to extend all possible help for building the infrastructure.
The chief minister also expressed his happiness that the festival ground will also be used by Sartang and Bugun community to celebrate their festivals and for other social activities.
Exhorting the community on preservation of culture and tradition, Khandu said Arunachal is very popular in terms of tourism for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. He said tourists come to Arunachal looking for authentic local lifestyles, customs and culture and not for superficial lifestyle. He informed that tourist inflow in Arunachal Pradesh has risen from 3 lakhs to 9 lakhs in the last six years.
Khandu said Arunachal government is taking every measure to preserve the indigenous arts, craftsmanship, dialects and clothing through the newly created Department of Indigenous Affairs.
He further said Arunachal is poised for astounding reforms in the coming years to bring equity, fairness and efficiency in the system with think tanks working round the clock behind the curtains.
The chief minister said reforms so far such as administrative decentralization, creation of Staff Selection Board, recruitment of Group A/B government employees through independent commission, empowering of Deputy Commissioners, conduct of Jan Sunwai Sammelan, special focus on education, health and agro-sector through independent resource allocation at district level are sure to bring good days ahead.