Gumkum-Gumka celebrated

Meena assures to look into issues affecting Puroik community

NIRJULI, Apr 19: Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board (APWB) Chairman GS Meena said that the board would look into the problems faced by the Puroik community.
Addressing the Gumkum-Gumka festival celebration at Nyokum Niya ground here on Thursday, Meena said the state government is concerned about the welfare of the Puroik.
“The board is new and has not made much progress, but Chief Minister Pema Khandu has allotted Rs 10 crore for social, educational, and infrastructural development for the Puroik community. In the days to come, the board will discuss the implementation of the fund in the required areas,” he said.
Meena said the fund would be utilized largely to generate employment for the youths and to conduct skill development activities for women of the community.
Meena also assured to take forward the request of the community for a permanent settlement land in the capital complex.
Borum ZPM Techi Tolu also stressed that, though the practice of bonded labour in the Nyishi community has largely decreased, there are still some places where it is prevalent. He urged the citizens of the state to put a complete end to such practices.
The celebration also featured a wide range of traditional dances, songs, and sports activities.