Itanagar: NPP Celebrates Sangma’s 71st birth anniversary

The NPP celebrated 71st birth anniversary of Late PA Sangma former speaker of Lok Sabha and founder of NPP at the NPP office, Itanagar.



The National People’s Party of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated 71st birth anniversary of Late PA Sangma former speaker of Lok Sabha and founder of NPP at the NPP office at Itanagar.

State President NPP Gicho Kabak,  JT Takam (former minister) State vice-President NPP,  Anok Wangsa (former Minister) State Vice-President NPP,  Nima Sangey Saling  Vice-president State NPP,  Porchu Tamin General Secretary State NPP,  Kibi Kali General Secretary State NPP, Dagge Don Secretary State NPP, Kamsi Bage state President NPP Youth Front alongwith team, Adv. Repe Bagra State President NPP Women front along with team others members of the party attended the programme.

Addressing on the occasion  Gicho Kabak state President NPP said that Late PA Sangma was the great leader from North East who has transformed into a national leader. His vision and thoughts have become very important for the country particularly North Eastern states. Late PA Sangma have made common cause in promoting the interest of north eastern region and has long and distinguished record in parliament having nine terms. Kabak said that he has been associated with PA Sangma for a long time when he was the State President of NCP and  have seen him from close range and found him worthy of admiration and he was the man of practical, simple and down-to-earth who can adjust to any situation, and who mingles freely with people, earning respect and admiration from friend and foe alike. He was truly a man of masses. He reads and understands the minds of the masses, and   therefore communicates well with them in all the time.

Earlier Nima Sangey Saling Vice-President & Spokesperson of State NPP highlights about the biography of PA Sangma, he said that Purno Agitok Sangma, a dynamic and one of the most popular personalities of the Indian political scenario, was born on 1 September 1947 in small village, Chapahati, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya. Sangma came from a humble background. Growing up in the small tribal village in an equally small tribal Christian minority community of Garos. He lost his father when he was 11 and had to quit studies due to poverty. He was helped to return to school by a Salesian Father Giovanni Battista Busolin. Later, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Anthony’s College in Shillong before shifting to Dibrugarh in Assam, where he taught in the Don Bosco High School while pursuing Master of Arts in International Politics from Dibrugarh University.

Late Sangma was recognised both at the National and International levels for his work and contribution to public life. He was conferred the Michael John Roll of Honour of the Tata Workers Union for distinguished contribution to the cause of labour and to the parliamentary system in 1997.  He was also awarded the Golden Jubilee Award of the Indian National trade union congress for outstanding contribution to the cause of labour class in 1997. Sangma was also nominated Man of the year by Competition Success Review (CSR) in 1998. He also received the Saraswati National Eminence Award in the category of public leadership from the south Indian education society, Mumbai in 2003, Sangma also received Mother Teresa Beautification Honour in 2003 for his outstanding services. He was also awarded Indian highest civilian award  “Padma Vibhushan” in 2017 becoming the first recipient of Padma Vibhushan from Meghalaya

Sangey said that in the realm of politics, Late Sangma has been the brighter star of North East, having been elected to the Lok Sabha a record of consecutive nine times in 1977, 1980, 1984, 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2006 (bye-election) during these year, he hold important portfolio in the govt like commerce, industry, home, coal, labour and I & B and took several policy initiatives which were by and large people centric and served as a Speaker of Lok Sabha, in addition having been a Chief Minister of Meghalaya. His performance as Union Labour Minister and Speaker of the Lok Sabha were particularly brilliant and spoke volumes about his leadership and statesman-like qualities, and his skill at consensus building. It will be really difficult for any one from the North East to reach the level of his popularity, not to speak of breaking his record.

Late Sangma raise so many issues in the parliament like political and administrative issue,  atrocities on minorities,  role of parliament in India, political stability and economic development, minorities and secular India, need for amendment of the citizen Act, labour welfare and govt participation, improving the conditions of tea garden workers, child labour bill 1986,   reforming education policy for Schedule Tribe, Christianity, secularism and Indianness, Ban on cow slaughter and tribal religion ( PA Sangma opposed the resolution move in parliament in 30th march 1979) bringing tribal to the mainstream, status of Schedule Tribe in north East and many more issues raised in the parliament.

JT Takam (former Minister) Vice-President State NPP,  Anok Wangsa (former Minister ) Vice-President State NPP, Pourchu Tamin General Secretary State NPP,  Kamsi Bage State President NPP Youth Front, Adv. Repe Bagra State President NPP Women Front also spokes on the occasion.

The state NPP resolved to carry forward the mission and vision of PA Sangma for the greater interest of the nation. The celebration of 71st birth anniversary of PA Sangma is celebrated all the 17 districts by the NPP district units.


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