AIZAWL, March 2 - Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothanam today called for proper promotion of Chapcharkut festival to boost tourism which, he said, in turn would bring much needed revenue to the State.
Addressing the central celebration of Chapcharkut festival at the Assam Rifles Groundhere, the Governor said tourism can generate a lot of self-employment for the educated youths in the State.
Urging the young educated people to be ready to move out anywhere in the world, he stressed the fact "the government alone cannot solve the unemployment problem. Referring to his home State Kerala, he said "We solved the problem of unemployment in Kerala by motivating our people to move out" adding "Today you can see Malayalee people all over the world."
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla described the Chapcharkut as 'Festival of peace' and invited all Mizo ethnic tribes to unite under the Mizo umbrella. Observing that the divide and rule policy of the British had scattered the Mizos across Myanmar, India and Bangladesh, he hoped the festival will "bring about a sense of oneness among the Mizos irrespective of the political boundaries".
Chapcharkut festival, celebrated annually on the first Friday of March, is observed after completion of the ardous task of jhum operation of clearing the jungle.