ITAGAR, January 16: The most awaited Pakke Paga Festival started with traditiol notes at Seijosha, Aruchal Pradesh today. Takam Pario, PHED minister of Aruchal Pradesh iugurated the festival as chief guest here in the bordering district of Aruchal Pradesh.
The Pakke Paga festival is organised by Aruchal Pradesh Forest Department, Ghora Abhe Society, Village Forest Development Council and local communities. The three day long festival is supported by the NGOs, NCF, IFAW–WTI, Corbett Foundation, Help Tourism,Aruchal Pradesh Tourist Department, Balipara Foundation etc.
Emphasising on the conservation initiative of Aruchal Pradesh Forest department and other NGOs who are working for the hornbill conservation in the foothills of Aruchal, Pario said, "The wildlife in Seijosa is very rich and we need to protect all the available species for the future generations. I also hope that if we can save the wildlife in the foothills, it will also generate eco–tourism potentialities in this part of the state." The chief guest also welcomed the tourists for their eagerness towards Pakke Tiger reserve and the admiring landscape.
The festival is supported by both Assam and Aruchal Pradesh student organisations. They all shared the same platform for the cause of wildlife conservation in Pakke, Seijosa. TR Tapu, ADC, Seijosa and Patron Pakke Page Festival Committee welcomed the august gathering.
Emphasizing on the Assam –Aruchal relationship, Takam bam, the Secretary, of the Pakke Paga Festival said, "We have to conserve the ture and wildlife of Aruchal Pradesh. I hope the good relation between Assam and Aruchal Pradesh will strengthen the conservation initiative with a close bondage with the neighbouring states."
The traditiol dance, tribal food followed by sales and exhibition of different products related to wildlife conservation is offered to the visitors at the festival are here in Seijosa.
Ta Tapi, DFO, Pakke Tiger Reserve, the man behind all conservation initiatives in Pakke, expects their support in the years to come.
The Pakke Paga Festival, the first of its kind event in Seijosa is going to show case the conservation initiatives of all the leading NGos and socio–cultural groups who are eagerly supporting the conservation efforts in the foothills of Aruchal Pradesh and the organisers hope that this journey will bear its fruit in the long run and become a calendar event in the south–western landscape of Aruchal Pradesh.