The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh V.Shanmuganathan attended the inaugural function of the 5th Indigenous Youth Festival at Tezu, Lohit District on Friday. The inaugural function of the three-day Youth festival, which is being organized by Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh was also attended by Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram, special guests, All India President of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Jagdeoram Oram, Mrs. Yvette Chaire Rosser, Research Scholar from USA and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha Ninong Ering amongst others.
Speaking on the occasion, The Governor called upon the youth to make Arunachal Pradesh a paradise on earth. The Governor said that the youth must prepare themselves to shoulder their present as well as future responsibilities effectively and fruitfully in various sectors and professions. He reminded them that they have an important role in addressing social issues, including protecting the environment, preserving the good age old traditions, eliminating evil social customs and contributing to socio-economic development.
The Governor said that the youth must change their mind set and open to new ideas and new friends. They have the strength, innovation and creativity to excel. He advised them to be an entrepreneur and provide jobs to others as there are many scope for entrepreneurship in horticulture, tourism, hydropower, handloom and handicrafts.
Felicitating the IFCSAP for working very tirelessly in preserving and promoting the cultural identity and the traditional art of every indigenous faith since its inception in 1999, the Governor wished that the NGO carry on its bounden work and further strengthen the indigenous faiths and beliefs of the State. Raj Bhavan will be always there to support you morally and in any other way possible in your great endeavour, he added.
The Governor, who lighted the inaugural lamp and unfurled the indigenous festival flag, expressed hope that the Youth Festival which is being organized by IFCSAP will open new horizon of amity and oneness amongst the people of the Frontier State. The festival will secure, strengthen and rejuvenate indigenous culture and traditions. Youth should take pride in their cultural ethos and reflect it in their day to day life.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Tribal affairs said that indigenous people must be proud of the tradition based on community living.
More than four thousand and five hundred participants from different parts of the State are attending the festival. Seminars and interactive sessions of indigenous faith and culture, indigenous games and sports competitions, mass procession, indigenous cultural shows and innovation by priests are parts of the three-day cultural extravaganza.