EM Tokbi stresses eco-friendly celebration of KYF
DIPHU — Ahead of the 50th Karbi Youth Festival (KYF), Richard Tokbi, Executive Member (EM) of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) for Education, said that efforts are underway to promote eco-friendliness during the festival and urged hotels and restaurants to opt for eco-friendly cups and plates, discouraging the use of plastic alternatives.
He said this while inaugurating the extended and renovated exhibition stall of the Education department, KAAC, at the Departmental Stalls Exhibition Complex at Taralangso, Diphu, on Thursday.
The exhibition stall was inaugurated in the presence of the Inspector of Schools, Biren Engti, and the president of the Karbi Cultural Society, Chandrasing Kro, on the eve of KYF, which will take place from January 12 to 19 at Taralangso.
In front of the stall at the entrance stands a tall structure with spread-out roots, resembling a design interlaced with bamboo twine. Inaugurating the stall, the EM emphasised the importance of being eco-friendly by avoiding the use of plastic during the eight-day festival.
The EM, who is also the general secretary of the reception committee (RC) for the KYF golden jubilee celebration, suggested using plates and cups made from the shells of betel nut trees as an environmentally friendly alternative.
Engti informed in his speech that various educational models, including science models, will be displayed inside the exhibition stall. The display will also highlight educational awareness and feature schemes initiated by both the state and central governments.
Later, at a press conference held at the KCS central committee office, Kro said that 95% of preparation of the golden jubilee celebration of KYF has been completed, as observed by the KCS and RC teams.
There will be cultural troupes from 35 KCS zones this time, including Kamrup, Morigaon, Malidor, Biswanath Chari-ali, Sonapur, Kamrup, Nagaon, and Hojai.
EM, KAAC, Ritesh Enghi, informed on the occasion that special invited guests from countries including Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ghana, Myanmar, the Maldives, and Ethiopia will be attending the event.
Moreover, a considerable number of international students from various countries have confirmed their participation to study the tribal culture during the festival, he said.