ITANAGAR, Jan 13: The annual general body meeting (AGBM) and 21st Foundation Day of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) was held at the Galo Heritage Centre cum Mopin Ground, Tarajuli near Naharlagun Railway Station on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Attending the AGBM, Minister of Industries, Skill Development, Textile & Handicrafts and Trade & Commerce Tumke Bagra said that the Galo community has come a long way ever since it came into a separate entity and therefore, the progress of the community should not be affected by petty issues. Bagra, also the chief patron of GWS, advocated that cohesion and conduct of the Galos is vital for the progress of the community.
GWS advisor Dr Emi Rumi, in his speech, requested the Galo community members to reflect upon the responsibility of the community for protection of the environment. Advisor Mokir Ori also spoke.
GWS’ Lower Siang district unit president Rekar Doye advocated that the issue of permanent headquarters of Lower Siang district should be resolved through GWS. He further said the GWS needs to take initiative on the inter-state boundary matter between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The draft constitution of GWS was the main agenda of discussion in the daylong meeting which will be finalized in the next AGBM and further submitted for approval in the next Galo Bane Keba.
The 21st GWS Foundation Day function graced by local MLA Techi Kaso, Secretary (RWD, Skill Development, IPR, Planning & Investment) Nitu Tsering Glow and Additional Secretary (Education) & Director (DoTCL) Ranphoa Ngowa saw the felicitation of young achievers in different fields, launch of GWS Library Movement for augmentation of school libraries in four Galo-inhabited districts, release of online Galo folktales competition encrypted pen drive in audio and video mode, etc.
Responding to a memorandum submitted to him, the local legislator assured to take up the issue of C/o cement concrete approach road to the Galo Heritage Centre-cum-Mopin Ground, with the concerned authority on priority.
Nitu Tsering Glow and Ranphoa Ngowa also spoke on the occasion. The Additional Secretary (Education) advised the students that the mantra for a successful life is hard work, determination and sacrifices. He also assured to help the Galo society whenever his services are required.