Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 14 said that the Singpho tribes of Northeast India can help bolster the ties with Southeast Asian countries.
Speaking at the Singpho festival 36th Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi in Margherita, the chief minister said that the community can become the bridge between the two regions. “The initiatives taken by the government to bolster ties with Southeast Asian countries can be augmented by the Singpho community as they are residing not only in Northeast region but in various countries of Southeast Asia like Myanmar, Thailand etc. Members of this community are easy going and very strong spiritually and culturally,” Sonowal said.
Saying that the Singpho community had been enriching the cultural identity of the greater Assamese society shaped by Swargadeo Cholung Sukapha, the chief minister highlighted the vivacity and exuberance of Singpho traditional dances and songs as indication of the cultural wealth of the community. He also urged the Singphos to play active role in taking forward the state in all spheres.
Announcing an amount of Rs 25 lakh for the socio-economic upliftment of the Singpho community, the chief minister said that the central government had been taking steps to bring rapid development to Assam and Northeast by forging close ties with Southeast Asia though Act East Policy.
Sonowal called upon the young generation to work hard and acquire knowledge and skills to increase their viability to capture opportunities in the global forum. He also termed Margherita as the melting pot of various tribes and communities and underlined the importance of the place as a border town.