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Itanagar | Friday, Oct 13 2017 IST
 
The six-day session of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly began on Friday with the House taking up Obituary References to a sitting Minister and two former Members, who died in recent past. The Assembly presided over by Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok paid tributes to the sitting minister Jomde Kena, former minister Tadik Chije and ex-legislator Julley Siji, following which the House was adjourned without transacting any business. Earlier, the Speaker moved the obituary references to pay his tributes to the departed leaders. Recalling the contributions of health & family welfare minister Jomde Kena, who died in a Guwahati-based hospital on September 4 after a prolonged illness at the age of 52, Thongdok said he was a public figure of eminence and had a charming & amiable personality and his death has created a great vacuum in the state's political arena. A three-time MLA from Likabali constituency, Kena was first elected to the Assembly in 2004 as an independent candidate. He had held the post of deputy speaker during Nabam Tuki regime. He also served as parliamentary secretary for IT, Science & Technology and Tourism under the Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries. The Speaker also remembered the 59-year-old Julley Siji, who died on May 16 this year. In 1985, he was nominated to the State Assembly as a member from the Puroik community. He was instrumental in re-grouping the Puroik villages of Maching and Jiping and fought against bonded slavery which was prevalent in his own community and played a key role in bringing awareness on social issues. The Speaker also recalled the contribution of former minister Tadik Chije, who died on October 9 last at the age of 63 after a prolonged illness. He had entered the state politics after getting elected to provisional legislative assembly in 1975 representing 33rd Mechukha Assembly Constituency. Apart from serving as deputy speaker in 1978-79, he held the office of pro-tem Speaker twice in 1999 and 2004. Besides holding the post of deputy chairman of State planning board, he had served as minister BADP and animal husbandry & veterinary during 2003-04. Recalling his close association with minister Jomde Kena, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the sudden demise of Kena, who as a member of team Arunachal had brought lots of reforms in the health sector, is a great loss to the State. In his demise, the state has lost a seasoned politician and I have lost an elder brother, who was more than a friend, Khandu said. The Chief Minister termed late Tadik Chije as a down-to-earth person who wanted to share his experiences with the youth. He also recalled the contribution of Julley Siji, who worked for the welfare of the Puroik community. As suggested by senior members, the Chief Minister assured the House to name one of health establishments after late Kena in recognition of his immense contributions for the development of the State. Among others, deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, leader of opposition Takam Pario (PPA), former chief minister Nabam Tuki (Congress), and cabinet ministers Wangki Lowang, Dr Mohesh Chai, Alo Libang and Nabam Rebia also took part in the discussion and paid their homage to the departed leaders. Later, the House observed a two minutes' silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls. UNI XC-PB AKM

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