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Nyeiwang Konyak visits Arunachal

State minister for school education, Nyeiwang Konyak joins the celebration of Oriah festival at Pomao, Arunachal Pradesh. (DIPR)
Published on 2 Mar. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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On the invitation of Tingpong Wangham, chief Angh of Pomao in Arunachal Pradesh, minister for school education, Nyeiwang Konyak has participated at Oriah festival, a traditional festival of the Wancho tribe of Arunachal Pradesh on February 16 at Pomao under Tirap district. The minister was accompanied by advisor DUDA, E.E. Pangteang, parliamentary secretary, youth resources, Naiba, chairman DPDB and MARCOFED, C. L. John, and C. M. Chang, both PAC member, Pohwang, president, Konyak union, Khoiwang Konyak, vice-president, NPF, Nagaland, Thongwang, president, NPF Mon division, Tingthok and former MLA Tingkap. In his address, Nyeiwang Konyak emphasized that Konyaks were originally from the Wancho tribe and due to inter ­state boundary demarcation, they were residing in two different states of the country bordering each other. The minister also stressed the need to uplift the tribe in particular for which a proper education was felt imperative, besides all round development of the area. He further emphasized the need for oneness and brotherhood amongst the tribes though residing in two different states which would succeed in ushering peace and tranquility which would bring development and prosperity for all. Konyak said that the Nagas irrespective of different tribal community residing in length and breath of the country should have the spirit to preserve cultural values to exhibit the age old values of the ancestors. During the visit of the minister and the dignitaries, the villagers of Pomao which is about ten kilometres from Zangkham village in Nagaland have expressed the need for an inter-state link road between this two villages as presently they take a long distance via Assam to reach Zangkham village in Nagaland as there is no direct inter-state road between the two states. They highlighted the necessity to bridge the gap of geographical demarcation and to enhance historical relationship for which the minister has taken note of necessity for discussion with the government on priority. On return to Kohima, the minister has already taken up the matter with the government for redressal of the grievances. The visiting dignitaries from Nagaland thanked Tingpong Wangham, chief Angh of Pomao and the people of Arunachal Pradesh as a whole and appreciated the elaborate reception and hospitality rendered to the visiting dignitaries from the state. The festival was attended by thousands of people belonging to the Wancho tribe besides a host of officials and dignitaries from Arunachal Pradesh including Wangnam Wangshu as the guest of honour, Anghs of Pomao, Chating, Longkhao, and Maiho, Ngamkha ZPM and Holai ZPM. The highlights of the programme were cultural nite at Longding on February 15 and cultural feast at Pomao on 16. In both the venues colorful traditional dances were performed by the Wanchos from neighboring areas.

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