From Our correspondent
Itagar, Feb 23: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday attended the first mega Ali-Aye Ligang festival celebrated jointly by the Mising and Adi community at Bakkul under Mebo Subdivision of East Siang district.
Hailing the unity between Mising and Adi communities, the Chief Minister said such bonding would help improve relation between Assam and Aruchal, an official report stated.
Khandu appealed both the community to preserve the culture in its true form and urged them to prevent its dilution from onslaught of modernity.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by Adi Mising Baane Kebang, the Chief Minister announced to declare Ali Aye Ligang as local holiday from next year wherever the Mising and Adi population are settled.
For the development of local tourism, Khandu said plans will be chalked 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 fincial year from mere Rs 16 crore.
In the current fincial year, it has been raised to Rs 100 crore and would see more increase in allocation in the next fincial year, he added.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people to submit their valuable suggestions for budget preparation via online. Khandu further informed that focus area of the budget would be mainly on health, education, agriculture, tourism, skill development, entrepreneurship besides various new schemes to be announced for youth empowerment.