From our correspondent
Itagar, Feb 2: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has urged the people to preserve local culture and traditions despite the intensity of modernization affecting their lives.
Addressing the people on the occasion of Reh festival at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district on Thursday, Khandu expressed concern over the rapid erosion of local dialects, an official report stated on Friday. Emphasizing the preservation of culture, he requested parents to speak to their children in their local dialects.
Khandu requested the community members to take part in festivals and follow traditiol rituals as well. He said when it comes to culture, religion is secondary, and emphasized that preservation of culture means preservation of identity. The Chief Minister further said that the State government had created the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) to help local community with funds to preserve indigenous culture. Emphasizing the tourism and hydropower potentials of Roing and Anini, the Chief Minister said these potentials are being unleashed as connectivity is fast improving with new highways and railway lines coming up in the area. He also assured the people of his responsibility towards the development of the two constituencies.