Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday said that Tuting sub-division in state’s Upper Siang district reflects the spirit of unity in diversity with the five tribes coexisting peacefully for generations.
Joining the Buddhist community of the sub-division to celebrate the Losar festival, Khandu said Tuting displays the true rich cultural heritage of Arunachal with its diverse languages and cultures, a CMO communiqué informed. Responding to one point memorandum submitted by the Chime Yansang Pema Kod Welfare Society, the chief minister promised to fund for construction of a Buddha Park and a Buddha statue under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. He said if the said project does not qualify to be funded under the Swadesh Darshan, the fund would be given from state’s own resources.
For further development of tourism and cultural infrastructure at Tuting, Khandu promised to send a consultant to work out a plan for the development of the Buddhist circuit which would connect all the Buddhist religious places in the state through development of infrastructures along the circuit. The chief minister said Tuting being culturally linked to Buddhism has high scope for growth of religious tourism.
He said Tuting area is revered as Pemakod, a blessed land according to Buddhism and has the potential to attract domestic and foreign tourists for its religious and cultural significance. Khandu promised help of the state government to develop the area as a major tourist site.