Encourage textile industries, Taga urges Centre

NEW DELHI, Apr 26: Arunachal Pradesh Textiles Minister Tamiyo Taga urged the Centre to make efforts to encourage textile industries in Arunachal.
During a textile ministers’ meeting here on Thursday to boost the handloom-handicrafts sector, Taga requested Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani to set up hosiery and apparel manufacturing units in every district of Arunachal.
She also sought establishment of power looms, yarn dyeing processing units, raw material banks, silk spinning mills, and crafts villages with modern wayside amenities in each district, besides a one-time grant of infrastructure development fund and a one-time fund for installment of improved technology inputs.
Taga apprised Irani of the pending schemes in the textile ministry which are assured but not yet approved.
The union minister informed that some schemes are drafted slowly “due to new guidelines and rules” but assured that all the schemes would be sanctioned soon.
Commissioner Tahang Taggu and ST Morcha president Hinium Tachu accompanied Taga at the meeting.
Rafting expedition flagged off (Gandhi darang)-8 GEKU, Apr 26: Tourism Secretary Dr Joram Beda on Wednesday flagged off a rafting expedition down the Siang river here in Upper Siang district.
Themed ‘Siang Rush 2018’, the three-day expedition is being organized by Abor Country Travel & Expedition on behalf of the tourism department. The participants include a travel writer, a filmmaker, government officials, adventure tour operators, and others – collectively dubbed ‘Friends of Siang’ – besides three kayak experts and a river guide.
Extolling the state’s potential in white water rafting, as also the suitability of the Siang river for such activities, Dr Beda said his department “is ready to make this event a national championship event from next year onwards,” and to develop various parts of the state as tourist destinations.
Event organizer Oken Tayeng said the idea behind organizing the event “is just to make the river system of the Siang a rafting spot,” adding that, if properly tapped, such events would boost the local economy.
The expedition team will touch land at Pasighat on 27 April.