FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, January 28: The Aruchal Pradesh assembly today paid tributes to former members who passed away recently.
Speaker bum Rebia and Chief Minister bam Tuki led the house in remembering former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, Speaker Setong Se, former minister Sobeng Tayang and union minister Murli Deora.
While former chief minister Gamlin died in a Gurgaon–based private hospital on November 30 last, Tayeng passed away on January 24 last, Se on Sunday and Deora died on November 24 last year.
Making obituary reference in the house Rebia termed all the leaders as visiories and termed their deaths as ’irreparable losses to the state as well as the country.
Tuki taking part in the discussion termed Gamlin as a law lumiry and visiory who had immensely contributed to the state.
Tuki who was instrumental to topple the Gegong Apang government in 2007 along with Gamlin to install late Dorjee Khandu as the chief minister, said that the befitting tribute to Gamlin would be to take inspiration from his deeds to contribute towards state development. Terming Tayeng as a man with a mission who shaped the destiny of present Aruchal, the chief minister informed that the departed leader was instrumental in expansion of education besides conceiving the idea of VLW (village level worker) and launching minor irrigation channels in the state.
While recalling the contribution of Se, who served the state as assembly speaker and ministers in various capacities, Tuki termed him as a man of wisdom who led from the front and left behind a legacy to emulate.
"Se’s persistent efforts ebled due recognition across the globe to the World War–II war cemetery at Jairampur in Changlang district… He was also instrumental in speeding up economic activities in the state through border trade at Pangsau Pass by organizing the Pangsau Pass winter festival on several occasions," the chief minister said.
He further added, under Se, the agriculture department got due recognition from the Centre due to increase in foodgrains productivity in the past few years and the state received Krishi Karman Commendation Award for three consecutive years. Tuki also made obituary reference in terms of Deora, former Petroleum and tural Gas minister in the UPA–I government.
The chief minister further informed that the state government would soon identify certain important assets in the state to be med after the departed leaders.
Agriculture Minister Chow Mein, Social Welfare Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, Home Minister Tanga Byaling and Civil Aviation Minister Thangham Wangham besides Congress MLAs Kameng Dolo, P D So, Phosum Khimhun, Paknga Bage, Nikh Kamin and Mutchu Mithi, BJP members Japu Deru, Dr Mahesh Chai, Tumke Bagra and Laisam Simai also took part in the discussion.
A two–minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed leaders before Speaker Rebia adjourned the house.