ITANAGAR, April 13 � Arunachal Chief Minister Nabam Tuki yesterday conferred Karmveer title on behalf of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) upon former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.
Tuki said in his address to a distinguished gathering to mark the Society�s 9th foundation day at Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum here, that the State Government�s financial support for the proposed award after late Lummer Dai will be an annual feature.
�Dr Bhupen Hazarika, who was part of Arunachalee society being born at Bolung village in NEFA, was closely associated in State�s socio-cultural development,� he said about the region�s literay heritage and recalled Hazarika�s songs like �Hamara Arunachal�, �Koto jawanar mrityu hol� (1962), and film �Mera Dharam Meri Maa�.
Recalling his announcement to install Bhupenda�s statue and make a documentary on his life, the CM announced government�s sponsorship with a committee headed by APLS President YD Thongchi to achieve the goal.
A national seminar in 1998 had noted with concern lack of proper research and development in the State, Tuki said, adding a voluminous book � Wonders of the World � carried a chapter on his address to the seminar highlighting the State�s uniqueness. � PTI