Rijiju reviews border area development in Leh

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju addressing the gathering in Leh on Thursday. -Excelsior/Morup Stanzin
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju addressing the gathering in Leh on Thursday. -Excelsior/Morup Stanzin

2-day Aryan Festival inaugurated

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 30: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today reviewed Border Area Development Programmes (BADP) in Leh district of Ladakh region during a meeting with public representatives and Government officials.
“Had a review meeting on the Border Area Development with local representatives, district administration, State and Central Government officials,” Rijiju tweeted after the meeting.
Official sources said the MoS Home reviewed pace of ongoing developmental works and need to give further boost to them. He assured Central funding for the projects.
Rijiju announced Rs 10 lakh for restoration of Dah Biama Fort and Rs 3 lakh cash award for the artists who participated in various cultural programmes at Biama and Garkone villages in Leh and Kargil districts of Ladakh region.
He addressed the gathering after inauguration of two-day ‘Aryan Festival’ that started at twin places of Biama and Garkone.
Member Parliament, Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang, Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC Leh, Dorjay Motup, MLC Tsering Dorjay, Executive Councilors, Mumtaz Hussain and Tsering Wangdus, Deputy Commissioner and CEO LAHDC Leh, Avny Lavasa, Deputy Commissioner and CEO LAHDC Kargil, Vikas Kundal, SSP Leh, Sargon Shugla, SSP Kargil Dr Vinod Kumar and other senior police and civil officers were present on the occasion.
Rijiju appreciated Aryans for persevering their culture, traditions and customs despite the advancement made in every sphere of life. He said that one deserves inspiration while visiting the area for the people, who have withstood all odds and strived hard for their survival in the tough terrains.
He said that the hard work and unique culture of Aryans is being acknowledged and there is need to carry on the rich traditions to next generations. The development and advancement poses a threat to any culture and cautioned the Aryans to with stand the same as they have done so far, he added.
“The folk music and folk culture of Aryans not only enthralls the viewers but also provide a peace of mind to them. The young owns of the Aryans are also very particular and enthusiastic for preserving and promoting their culture,” the Minister said and added that every support shall be extended by the Government in this regard.
Referring to the demands put forth at both the places, Rijiju said that the people of the area must expect sincere support from his Ministry for development of the area. However, the issues of development related to the area pertaining to other Ministries will be taken up with them and district administration Leh and Kargil shall be kept apprised of the developments made in this context.
He added that the enhancement of allocation under Border Area Development Programme shall be ensured by his Ministry for fulfilling of the aspirations of the locals adding that both State and Centre Governments were obligated to develop the area and ensure betterment of the Aryan community.
Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC Leh, Dorjey Motup, addressing the gathering at Biama, thanked the Union Minister for visiting the area to assess the difficulties being faced by the Aryans. He said that the Aryans are known for their age old cultural ethos and the customs which they have preserved despite of all odds.
Deputy Commissioner and CEO LAHDC Leh, Avny Lavasa and Deputy Commissioner and CEO LAHDC Kargil, Vikas Kundal thanked the Minister and other dignitaries for gracing the occasion. They also extended their thanks to the artists, participants and tourists.
Later, Rijiju inaugurated the Himalayan Museum at Garkone, Kargil.
A large number of locals had thronged Biama and Garkone to witness the varied cultural programmes performed by the local artists.
The festival is being organized by LAHDC, Leh and district administration of Leh and Kargil districts.