49th Nocte Chalo Loku celebration at Khonsa

Rijiju urges misguided youths of TCL districts to return mainstream

KHONSA, Nov 25: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has appealed to the misguided youths of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts to shun the path of unlawful activities and return to the mainstream.
“Of late, the youths have been misguided by anti-social elements”, he said adding that the BJP led Government shall provide all possible assistance to rehabilitate youths who return to the mainstream.
Rijiju said this before a huge gathering at the 49th Nocte Chalo Loku celebration on Saturday.
Assuring the people to try his best to address the problems being faced the people of the three districts on top priority, he said , “Peace is prerequisite for all round development of any district or state but unfortunately, Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, infested with insurgency, are facing untold problems.
Extending his greetings to the Nocte community in particular and the people of Tirap district on the festive occasion, Rijiju said that the Noctes are the embodiment of courage and peace.
Responding to the public memorandum, Rijiju said no stone will be left unturned for development of the trio districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding.
He assured to pursue at all levels to include Tirap and Longding districts into the tourist circuit and for allocation of funds for construction of Khonsa-Bogapani-Joypur roads (KBJ Roads).
He further informed that the revised fund for creation of police stations will be released from the centre soon and recruitment in post of police personnel will take place in the districts. The matter regarding construction of sports stadium at Khonsa has been taken up with the CM and fund in this regard will be sanctioned in this financial year, he said.
While recalling the supreme sacrifices made by Ashok Chakra Hangpan Dada, he assured to extend all possible help from his side to the family of martyr Hangpan Dada.
Kanubari MLA, Gabriel Denwang Wangsu said that there shouldn’t be any conflict between religion and culture and the young generation should be guided well and they should be acquainted with the tradition, culture and heritage of the society.
Wangsu further appealed to all the Nocte scholars, researchers and intellectuals to prepare the Nocte script.
Earlier, Chief Patron of the Nocte Chalo Loku and Adviser to CM, Wanglin Lowangdong highlighted in length about the importance and mythology of Chalo Loku, which is celebrated every year by the Noctes after paddy harvesting.
Lowangdong said that Tirap-Changlang and Longding are second to none in preservation, protection and promotion of ancestral culture and traditions, adding that the chieftainship of Tirap and Longding districts plays vital and important role since erstwhile NEFA.
An audio album “A Tribute to Martyr Hangpan Dada” was formally released by Rijiju in presence of Chasen Dada, wife of Martyr Hangpan Dada, and others.
The colourful traditional dances performed by five villages of Noctes, mega dance performed by women of Borduria and Tham-thoot (Traditional log drum beating) performed by Thinsa village added fervour to the celebration.
Large number of people, including MLAs Wanglam Sawin, Tirong Aboh, Tirap DC P N Thungon, SP Jitendra Kumar Meena, former minister Thajam Aboh, former MLA Kamthok Lowang, army officers, chiefs, GBs, PRIs and government officials attended the celebration. (DIPRO)