From our correspondent
Itanagar, Aug 12: In a significant decision, the Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu has approved the creation of Department of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Affairs (DIFCA).
Khandu said that due to globalisation, exposure and external influences the indigenous communities of the State are detaching themselves from their rich culture and languages. This calls for initiating steps to preserve and protect the indigenous culture and religion.
“Creation of an independent department to look after preservation, protection and promotion of the rich indigenous cultural heritage of the State is a right step in the wake of globalisation. We cannot let our indigenous culture to just fade away,” Khandu said.
While giving its nod to the proposal, the Cabinet also approved the creation of seven posts for the department, including a director which would be headed by a secretary. DIFCA will function to preserve and promote culture and faiths of the indigenous communities of the State.
DIFCA will also work to promote local languages and scripts along with literature on indigenous folklores, folk tales, proverbs, chanting of priests, etc., to preserve and promote indigenous cultural heritage , to maintain welfare schemes of indigenous priests and the priesthood institution, documentation of ritual systems of traditional marriages, birth, death and festivals, etc., research on traditional medicinal plants and healing system, introduction of certificate courses on indigenous faiths and culture , and to preserve and promote indigenous games and sports by conducting tournaments, a report said.
The Cabinet during its meeting on Friday, for the first approved the first Secretariat Service Cadre Review. The Secretariat service has never been reviewed since its inception in Arunachal Pradesh. According to the approved proposal, three posts of joint secretary, one post of joint secretary AR, 24 post of under secretary, one post each of senior analyst and one post of junior analyst of Administrative Reform department, 28 posts of section officer, one post of senior research officer (Finance), two posts of PPS, 20 post of SPA, 30 posts of PA and 38 posts of Junior secretarial assistant were created. The Cabinet also approved of upgrading 116 posts of senior secretariat assistants to assistant section officer. With this, a total of 148 new posts have been created and 116 upgraded, a CMO report said.
This landmark decision is expected to effectively deliver public services and ensure prompt decision-making besides providing the employees better career progression. The Cabinet also approved creation of 440 temporary posts of home guards for capital city police for effective management of law and order in the twin city.