Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein called for cultural exchange between the eastern and western parts of the state to bring cultural integration. He was attending the Moh-Mol Festival Celebration of Tangsa Community at Kharsang in Changlang district on Tuesday.
He said that though we have diverse cultures, people of eastern parts of the state hardly know about the cultures of the people of western parts due to less interaction. He said that we need to increase cultural interactions between the people of eastern and western parts of the state to bring in cultural integration. This would help to bring feeling of oneness and unity among the tribes of the state, he opined.
Citing the role of teachers very crucial for bringing reformation in the society , he called upon the teachers to discharge their duties sincerely. He said that the state govt is trying to bring in changes in the education system. There is no shortage of teachers in the state as the state have 1:15 teacher student ratio against the standard norms of 1:40 but the problem lies in the concentration of teachers in the district headquarters and state capital. He said that the govt has decided to rationalize the posting of teachers before recruiting new posts and requested the teaching fraternity to cooperate for the betterment of the state.
He also called upon the students to develop a sense of competition and to refrain themselves from the drugs and bad habits.
He also called upon the people to take up cultivation of cash crops for development of sustainable agriculture and to give up poppy cultivation. He urged the Officers of agriculture and horticulture departments to gear up and to undertake follow up action after distribution of seeds and planting materials. He said that every year the govt distribute lots of seeds and planting materials to the beneficiaries but the department needs to ensure that those planting materials are actually planted in the field and are taken care of by them.
Mein assured to provide fund for development of General Ground at Kharsang and also for construction of a motorable suspension bridge over Noa-Dihing river at Miao.
Kamlung Mossang, Minister for WRD, Food & Civil Supplies and Geology & Mining said that participation of all the people is important to keep the culture alive. He said that with the celebration of festival by few alone can not keep our cultures and tradition alive. It is the responsibility of every individual and needs cooperation and participation from all the sections of the society, he said.
He, however, said that we should not commercialise the festival but efforts must be on to keep our customs and traditions alive along with our dress and language/dialects.
N Techi, President Moh-Mol Festival Celebration Committee while highlighting the mythology of the festival said that Moh-mol is a major pre-harvest festival celebrated by all the Tangsa Nagas irrespective of any religions for unity, integrity and peace.
Nongri Taidong, General secretary MMFC and Koreng Longri, ZPM Kharsang also spoke on the occasion. Moh-Mol rituals were demonstrated and various sub-tribes of Tangsa Community presented traditional folk dances on the occasion.
Earlier, the Deputy Chief Minister inaugurated the new Circuit House at Kharsang in presence of Kamlung Mossang, Minister. He also unfurl the Moh-Mol festival flag and inaugurated the exhibition stall at festival ground.
Among others, T Rumi, ADC Miao, Jokhong Singpho, T Gara, SE PWD were also present on the occasion