Cultural heritage of Arunachal should be properly documented, says Chowna Mein

Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on April 11 said that the Northeast state is proud of its diverse culture.

Speaking at the Pongtu festival at Khonsa in Tirap district, Mein said that the various festivals celebrated depicts Arunachal Pradesh as a land of unity in diversity.

Lauding the colourful traditional attires and dances of the Tutsa community presented on the occasion of one of their major agriculture festivals, DyCM Chowna Mein said that Arunachal Pradesh is “very rich in cultural heritage which need to be thoroughly researched and preserved through proper documentation”.

Mein said that the state government is committed to work for the welfare of the people.

“This year’s budget is a budget full of reforms. The total size of the budget was Rs 26,111 crore. We have crossed an important milestone and crossed Rs 25,000 crore-mark this year. Our GSDP for 2022-23 has been taken as conservative figure of Rs 29,732 crore. We are confident that we will reach the Rs 30,000 crore-GSDP coming year,” Mein, who hold the finance portfolio, said highlighting the financial health of the state.

“We have allocated Rs 31 crore in this year’s budget for various schemes for preservation of culture and indigenous faith,” deputy chief minister Chowna Mein added.

Mein further informed that the Arunachal Pradesh government has also taken a major decision to pay premium for contingency workers, casual labourers and ALCs aged between 18 to 50 years working in government giving them social security under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).

Addressing the gathering, Mein further said that the state government is “very much concerned” about the unemployment problem in the state. “In this direction, establishment of Arunachal Pradesh Innovation and Investment Promotion Park is a major step where young entrepreneurs are being incubated to make them as job givers rather than job seekers,” Mein said.

“Arunachal Pradesh Start-up Policy is also in the pipeline which will support young enterprising mind,” he added.

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