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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Arunachal CM Asks Centre to Develop Historical Sites

PTI | Jan 13, 2012

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has requested the Centre to help in development and preservation of the state’s historical and holy sites and provide assistance in promotion of its rich art and culture.

Calling on Union Minister for Culture Kumari Selja, who also holds the portfolio of Housing and Poverty Elevation, at New Delhi yesterday, Tuki emphasized that Arunachal Pradesh with its vast and unexplored historical and mysterious background has a potential in promoting tourism through its historical sites and mythological importance, official sources said here today.

He urged the Ministry of Culture to facilitate conduction of surveys and investigations so that the existing historical sites in the state can be listed as heritage sites or come under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

To point out a few, he cited the ruins of Itafort in the state capital, Malinithan at Likabali, Parasuram Kund in Lohit, Taklung Dzong near Kalaktang as well as the recently discovered huge Shiv Ling near Ziro in Lower Subansiri district.

The chief minister observed that if all the sites of historical and religious importance in the state are developed and maintained, religious and historical tourism would flourish, which in return would generate employment and income for the local people, sources said.

Tuki, who has been extensively touring the districts of the state since he took over charge, expressed the need for having one museum and if possible a cultural centre in each district.

While urging the Union Minister to allow establishment of new or extension of the existing museums in the district, he, however, emphasized that libraries in every district is a must.

The Chief Minister sought assistance for establishment of libraries in all 17 districts of the state, the sources said quoting Tuki.

Talking about the rich and diverse culture of the state, Tuki also urged for a Regional Cultural Centre at Itanagar.

He said a Center of such kind would provide a common platform for cultural activities including promotion, research and documentation.

“This would also serve as a performing venue for the various tribes of the state that number more than hundred,” he added.

Kumar Selja, who gave a patient hearing to Tuki, assured to take up the requests on priority with concerned officials of the ministry.

She hoped that soon her ministry would come out with concrete plans to fulfill the aspirations of the state, sources added.

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