Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Saturday stressed on documentation of rich cultural heritage, oral folklore and folk songs of the tribal state and to revive the traditional music system & literature.
While citing the important role played by the priests in the preservation of indigenous rituals and practices, the Deputy Chief Minister assured to look into the welfare of the priests and conveyed the Government’s support to keep the priest system alive.
He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Karguu-Gamgww Kumko (Indigenous Prayer Hall) of the Galo community (residing at Nirjuli and Naharlagun) at Lekhi village today in presence of Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang, legislators Kardo Nyigyor, Kento Jini and Gokar Basar and others, a release from the Dy Chief Minister’s office said.
“It is a blessed day for me to be part of the pious work of dedicating the prayer hall to the followers of Donyi-Poloism. It is our duty to protect and promote our indigenous cultures & traditions,” Mein said.
“The indigenous prayer hall is one of such projects funded by the Government under Department of Indigenous Affairs with a view to preserve and promote our rich cultures & traditions,” he said.
While informing that few indigenous Gurukul schools are being constructed to promote and educate the children about the rich cultural heritage, the Deputy Chief Minister advocated for formulating a prescribed format for education in such indigenous schools.
He suggested developing a primer for the schools, based on which the children can be taught and nourished so that they learn about the indigenous languages and cultures along with the normal syllabus of school education.
Responding to a single point memorandum submitted by the Karguu-Gamgww Kumko, Naharlagun-Nirjuli, he assured to sanction Rs 2 crore for the construction of a research centre cum library with the provision of accommodation and for reinforcement/completion of existing boundary wall with a ‘welcome gate’, the release added.