Khandu hosts Losar function at Jang HQ
TAWANG, Mar 21: To mark the traditional Tibetan New Year – Losar 2144 – the year of the fire bird, chief minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday hosted a function at the Jang headquarters here.
The function held at the Jang general ground was attended by Art and Culture minister Dr Mohesh Chai as chief guest while health parliamentary secretary Phurpa Tsering was also present on the occasion.
While extending his Losar greetings, Dr Chai appreciated the remarkable qualities in Monpa community that has contributed to Tawang becoming the most desired tourist destination in Arunachal.
He credited it to the incredible hospitality shown by Tawang people, which have added beauty to the already blessed paradise.
“Had Tawang been a separate state, it would have performed far better than Sikkim,” said Dr Chai.
Appreciating Khandu on becoming the youngest chief minister in country, the minister said that he has put an end to old notion of seniority being the criteria to become the chief minister solely through his talent and dynamism.
“In his short tenure, Khandu has initiated several reforms including presentation of one of the best budget ever prepared that has focused on education, employment generation and skill development. We being an agrarian community, the chief minister has given highest priority to agriculture and allied sector,” said Dr Chai adding that the budget has accurately reflected Khandu’s concern for the unemployed and people’s sufferings.
Referring to ‘Team Arunachal’ slogan raised by present government, Dr Chai said, “These are not mere words, but a call to our elected leaders, bureaucrats, PRI leaders, community leaders and public to cooperate and contribute for the betterment of the state.”
“Leaders alone cannot work if people do not cooperate and help themselves. If we do not march together, we can never go ahead,” he asserted.
Expressing his gratitude on being invited for the festival, Dr Chai expressed thanks to the people of Tawang and
advised them to be sincere and discipline – as these are the qualities that will benefit not only the individuals but also the whole society. He also asked them to give importance to education saying that it is the knowledge and wisdom learnt that would never leave you.
Earlier, Phurpa Tsering called for language exchange courses in schools between the dialects of Tawang and Dirang Monpas, to unite the tribe in every fold.
Responding to several appeal from local community on health issues, he announced that the present government has placed adequate funds in health sector in this year budget. On medicine availability, he informed that the government has decentralized medicine procurement so that local requirement could be met.
Chief Minister Khandu in his short speech informed the people about several reforms and decisions taken by present government for the welfare of the people.
He on the occasion also handed over a cheque of Rs 2.99 crore to the district administration on behalf of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to be paid as compensation to the land owners who land were acquired for widening of road from Sela pass to TCP BRTF point (40 km).
Colourful cultural presentations were made by artistes from Jang village and nearby communities including performers from Tawang Monpa Employees Society (TMES). The guests on their arrival were accorded a warm traditional welcome.
The function was also attended by Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, Tawang ZPC Jambey Tsering, DC Sang Phuntsok, 42 BRTF commander R S Rao and Jang ADC Lobsang Wangchu Bapu. (CMMC)