File photo of Paramananda Rajbongshi.

The Asom Sahitya Sabha (ASS), the apex literary body of Assam, is planning to promote Assamese language in Arunachal Pradesh and better ties with the neighbouring state.

Assamese is going to be the third language in English and Hindi medium schools of Arunachal Pradesh from next academic session.

This was disclosed by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu after meeting a delegation of Asom Sahitya Sabha in Itanagar on Tuesday.

Khandu also admitted the importance of Assamese got sidelined after the Assamese medium schools in the State got converted to either English or Hindi medium schools.

In a press statement issued by secretary general of ASS, Paramananda Rajbonshi stated the delegation also sought cooperation from the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister for the upcoming session of the Sabha at Bodosa Samanya Khetra at Ritu Pathar that falls in Assam’s Burhidihing in Tinsukia district and Arunachal’s Bordumsa in Namsai district.

Taking part in the 10th Galo Bane Keba (general convention) at Dari village, in Arunachal’s West Siang district, organized by Galo Welfare Society, a senior official of the literary body vowed to better the relationship between the two states.

“It was a great experience participating in the festival. We are hopeful that events like this would help improve the relationship between the two states,” said ASS member Debojit Borah.

“Recently, there was tension in the border areas of the two states. We want to create an environment where people from both the states can live peacefully and work for the development of each other’s languages and literature,” Borah said.


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