MARGHERITA, Aug 8: On Monday, Dr Ranoj Pegu, the state minister for Education and Tribal Affairs (P), inaugurated a tribal rest house situated at APO Colony in Margherita. The inauguration event was attended by a multitude of dignitaries including Bhaskar Sharma, MLA of 124 no. Margherita constituency; Preeti Kumari (IAS), sub divisional officer (civil) of Margherita; Bhawani Prasad Sharma, director of Tribal Affairs (P), government of Assam; Arunjyoti Moran, state executive member of BJP; Ashish Paul, president of Margherita BJP Sadar Mandal Committee; Manje La Singpho, Assam Gaurav awardee; Kasto Sema, finance secretary of TADCDC; Tehan Hakun, vice president of TADCDC; Sengam Labram, president of Singpho National Council; Nong Yung Kok, president of Tangsa National Council; Saikhen Mahow, president of Tai Phakey National Council; Nayung Mussang, president of All Assam Tangsa Student Union; Kahoto Sema and Hutoi Sema, president and general secretary of Sema Naga National Council; Saiken Chakhap, president of All Man Tai Speaking Student Union; Milan Sonowal, president of All Assam Sonowal Kachari Yuva Parishad; Mung Dang Gam Singpho, president of Tirap Autonomous District Council Demand Committee; as well as other prominent members of the tribal community and local residents from the Margherita region.
The inauguration event, presided over by Pallab Shyam Wailung, general secretary, and spokesperson of Tirap Autonomous District Council Demand Committee, marked the official opening of the tribal rest house, a project with an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore 1 lakh and 1 thousand. The funding for the project was provided by the Directorate of Tribal Affairs (P), government of Assam.
Dr Ranoj Pegu, the state minister for Education and Tribal Affairs (P), conveyed that the BJP-led governments at both the union and state levels have been devotedly working towards the upliftment of tribal communities and other marginalised sections of Assam. During the event, Dr Ranoj Pegu also had a discussion with Dr Atanu Kakoty, the principal of Margherita College, addressing various infrastructural matters and the long-standing demand for the provincialisation of the science stream at the college.
In response to a journalist’s inquiry about college principals, professors, and teachers joining the ABVP, Dr Ranoj Pegu clarified that ABVP is a non-political organisation, and individuals joining it or any political party do so based on their personal views. He assured that appropriate actions would be taken if college principals, professors, or teachers were found engaging in political activities.
Pallav Shyam Wailung, the general secretary and spokesperson of Tirap Autonomous District Council Demand Committee, expressed gratitude towards the BJP-led government of Assam for fulfilling the longstanding dream of a tribal rest house for the Margherita sub-division. He mentioned that a memorandum has been submitted to Dr Ranoj Pegu, requesting Rs 52 lakhs for AC, CCTV, furniture, and other interior materials for the Tribal rest house in Margherita.