AALO, 8 JAN
One of the first-generation leaders of Arunachal Pradesh and first MLA of 16th Along south assembly constituency, Boken (Gamken) Ete, was remembered on his second death anniversary at his Sipu Colony residence here on Saturday.
He was also considered as one of the pioneers in bringing English medium in the state and the man behind the growth and development of Aalo town.
A documentary film depicting the life and works of BokenEte was also screened on the occasion.
He started his career in the British regime as ALC in 1944, got promoted to peon in 1945, Political Interpreter in 1946, Head PI in 1953, Base Superintendent in 1961, Political Assistant in 1963 and went on to become an MLA when first assembly elections were held in Arunachal Pradesh in 1978.
Speaking on the occasion, LiyaEte, SP TojoKarga, GWS president Er Tanga Kena, former minister Doi Ado and ZPM TumpeEte hailed the contributions of BokenEte in ending the slavery system, establishment of Aalo as headquarter of undivided Siang, the establishment of rule of law in the nascent society, growth of Keba system, championing the cause of indigenous faith by establishing present DPKG, the establishment of RKM School and many other schools in and around Aalo town and his involvement in much crucial development works.
For his exemplary services he was awarded Assam Governor’s Earthquake Relief Fund Medal in 1950, Assam Governor’s Commendation Certificate in 1958 and Lt Governor’s Commendation Certificate in 1978.
Family members, relatives and well-wishers paid their floral tributes to the soul on the occasion. (DIPRO)