Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP government lauds Christian Missionaries, announces grant-in-aid

Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 21st October attended the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Calvary English School at Moinhappa along with PWD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso.

They were accorded a warm reception by Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and the school management on their arrival.

The Chief Minister was here to unveil the Silver Jubilee Celebration Gate erected to celebrate the 25 years of glorious service in the field of education by the school started in 5th February 1992 by the NBCC. He later also unveiled the monolith erected to celebrate the school’s affiliation to CBSE accorded this year.

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Appreciating the contribution of NBCC in moulding the students to become better human beings, the Chief Minister said that purpose of education should not only be to make a person literate but to make them better citizens.

The Chief Minister also lauded the Christian Missionaries of all denominations of having made immense contribution in the field of education. He appreciated the contribution made by Don Bosco Institute and called for active participation of private sectors in education.

He said the government alone cannot fully address the educational needs of the people and stressed on the need to place greater reliance on private bodies.

As support to the Christian Missionaries in their service towards the education, the Chief Minister announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 5 crore to be used for education uplifment of the state. He said the fund will be handed over to Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) and the different Christian denominations working in education sector may avail the fund as per the need.

Responding to the memorandum submitted by the school authority, the Chief Minister assured to fulfil all the grievances of the school saying that he is personally connected with the school as was his late father Dorjee Khandu.

He promised to sanction funds in this financial year for construction of a laboratory, computer hall, library hall and water connection for the school. He directed the district administration to liaise with works department to immediately forward the DPR for water connection and appropriate proposals for construction of school annex for sanctioning of funds.

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The Chief Minister informed that the state is trying to achieve its goal to be self reliant and not being dependent on the central government for funds. He informed that the tourism department in two years has increased its revenue from Rs 700 crore to Rs 900 crore.

Yesterday again, taking to Facebook, the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister lauded the Christian Missionaries. He wrote in a post:

“Christian Missionaries in Arunachal have always been viewed with suspicion of diluting the indigenous culture and practices. But that notion is diminishing as the Christian organisations today have proved themselves to be in forefront in preservation of indigenous culture. Through their institutions, particularly with their effort in education, they have moulded the students to be a patriot, a better citizen and to be in harmony with their age old practises and customs. This was more apparent when I took part in Silver Jubilee Celebration of Calvary English School in Moinhappa in Papumpare district. The school started in 5th February 1992 by the Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC). I admire the efforts of NBCC to have started the School when government’s support were almost negligible.”

Arunachal Christian Forum had earlier slammed the Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP government over its decision to set up a separate department for protection and preservation of indigenous faiths and culture of the state.

Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) had lambasted the move and asked the government to roll back the decision “because it is clear favour for and promotion of one particular faith.”

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The Indian Express quoted Toko Teki, general secretary of the Forum saying that “the state government is trying to show clear favour to and thereby promote one particular faith, which is gross violation of Article 27 of the Constitution. Ours is a secular country and the state cannot promote one particular faith by using tax-payers’ money.” He had also told the paper that their Christian Forum had already submitted a memorandum to the chief minister several weeks ago with regards to the move and gave October 25th deadline for the government to come clean over the move or face demonstrations.

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On August 11 the Khandu-led BJP government had approved the establishment of a new department called Department of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Affairs (DIFCA).

Arunachal Pradesh is a Christian majority state which was earlier in news after the state Congress leader accused the BJP of trying to turn the state into a Hindu-majority one:

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