GoAP committed to help indigenous movement: Min

ITANAGAR, 27 Jan: Indigenous Affairs Minister Taba Tedir said that the state government is committed to extend all possible help to the “indigenous movement in the state.”

Speaking here on Wednesday while releasing a book and an audio album of renowned indigenous faith movement leader Nabam Tata, the minister said Chief Minister Pema Khandu is personally interested in supporting the indigenous movement in the state.

“The CM will inaugurate a new directorate building of the indigenous affairs department and the conference of priests on 1 February. Now, due to Covid-19, post creation has been stopped. However, as soon as the financial situation stabilizes, the indigenous affairs department will fill the vacancies under it,” Tedir said.

Environment & Forests Minister Mama Natung in his address emphasized the need to preserve the indigenous faith in the state.

“Everyone will feel sad if the indigenous faith vanishes from the state. It is unique and it needs to be preserved. However, we should respect people of all faiths, as every tribal is an indigenous person in the true sense,” he said.

On the occasion, a devotional book, Garnam Nyetam, on the ritualistic hymns of the indigenous faith, along with an audio album titled Swrso Gungry was released. Both are initiatives of Nabam Tata.