Haflong: Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly, Biswajit Daimary along with his deputy, Dr Numal Momin on Saturday visited Dima Hasao as part of a preliminary survey for various new schemes and initiatives to be taken up under the newly-formed ‘Indigenous Faith and Culture’ department formed by the Government of Assam, as decided during a cabinet meeting in the month of July last.
Daimary held a meeting with various social leaders of different communities living in Dima Hasao at the District Library Auditorium discussing various issues and notable points of different indigenous tribes of this Dist. It also discussed about rich cultures, tradition and rituals as the pride and unique identity of the tribal people.
It is to be noted that speaker and deputy speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly have been entrusted the responsibility to lead path to the newly created ‘Department of Indigenous Faith and Culture’ dedicated to preserve and protect faith, culture, traditions of the indigenous communities of the state.
In the meeting, the Speaker gave a detailed overview of the initiatives to be taken under the aegis of the department and sought suggestions and comments from all the prominent citizens present in the meeting.
Address the meeting, the speaker informed that the department, have been created for promotion, formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for welfare and all-round development of the indigenous and tribal people of the state.
He also informed that an amount of Rs.100 crores have been sanction for the current fiscal year by the finance department for the purpose.
“Most of the age old traditions and practices in some way or the other had scientific approach due to which most of the healing traditions, ayurveda, ways of life, practices are still so versatile and successful. However due to negligence most of the beautiful traditional and culturally rich indigenous practices are seen endangered.” the speaker said.
As part of this, a team under his leadership will visit all districts of the State and hold an interaction with leading citizens, intellectuals, researchers to sketch a route-map for the department.
Dr Numal Momin in his speech said that the indigenous practices and lifestyle of the tribal people is itself the identity which has to be honoured and preserved as there are many things unexplained which even the modern ways have not been able to achieve.
Welcoming the initiative of the government for the development of the traditional and indigenous faith and culture, NCHAC CEM Debolal Gorlosa said that the district of Dima Hasao has many tribes who have their own distinct culture, traditions, folk song and folk dance.
In a bid to encourage the youth to develop interest in traditional musical instruments and dances CEM Gorlosa has offered jobs to those who won in traditional competitions such as playing musical instruments like ‘Kharam and Muri’ and winners of traditional dance competitions during Bushu. He added that he has been giving all efforts to preserve the traditions and the customary rituals and proposed for restricted holidays on the annual harvest of all tribes of Dima Hasao during harvesting festival in the calendar of the Assam government.
The speaker was also accompanied by MLA Bhupan Pegu and MLA Bhupen Boro. From the district he was joined by MLA Nandita Gorlosa, NCHAC CEM Debolal Gorlosa, NCHAC Chairperson Ranu Langthasa, officials from district administration and other dignitaries.
Representatives of different community leaders also placed their suggestions and proposals which were noted by the officials of the Speaker. The speaker further informed that along with him Dr. Numal Momin will together visit places of all the indigenous districts so as to prepare a report to know the views and suggestions on the new department of Indigenous Faith and Culture so that suggestions and proposal be submitted to the Assam government.