Guwahati, February 23, 2019:
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today attended the first Mega Ali-Aye Ligang festival celebrated jointly by the Mising and Adi community in Pasighat.
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Hailing the unity between Mising and Adi community, the Chief Minister said that such bonding will help improve relation between Assam and Arunachal. He appealed both the community to preserve the culture in its true form and urged them to prevent its dilution from the onslaught of modernity.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by Adi Mising Baane Kebang, the Chief Minister announced to declare Ali Aye Ligang as a local holiday from next year wherever Mising and Adi population are settled.
For the development of local tourism, the Chief Minister assured that plans will be worked out on how to promote the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary for tourism purposes. He said under his initiative, budget allocation for tourism has been raised to Rs 70 crore during the previous financial year from a mere Rs 16 crore, which was the allocation when he was the Tourism Minister. In the current financial year, it has been raised to Rs 100 crore and will see more increase in allocation in the next financial year, he added.
The Chief Minister appealed the people to submit their valuable suggestions for budget preparation via online through a website www.arunachalbudget.in. He informed that state government has kept prize money for the best person with best suggestions. He also informed that consultation with all community-based organizations and other stakeholders would also be taken before finalizing the budget. The Chief Minister further informed that the focus area of the budget will be mainly on health, education, agriculture, tourism, skill development, entrepreneurship besides various new schemes to be announced for youth empowerment. Guest of Honour Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Special Guest State BJP President, festival patron cum local MLA Lombo Tayeng also spoke. Also present on the occasion were Parliamentary Secretaries Gum Tayeng, Kaling Moyong, Olom Panyang, and MLA Kento Rina.