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- Mising conference to use eco-friendly articles

Jorhat, Jan. 4: A smoke-free and eco-friendly environment will mark the 35th Mising Bane Kebang, the national conference of the Mising community, at Bahphola, on the banks of the Brahmaputra here from February 6.

Speaking to reporters here today, Deepak Pegu, vice-president of the reception committee formed for the occasion, said the venue of the conference would be declared a no-smoking zone and articles used during the four-day conference would be eco-friendly.

“Only paper plates and cups would be used in the various eateries to be set up at the conference venue, plastic will not be allowed,” Pegu said.

He said the venues of most events get littered with non bio-degradable items which have a big impact on the environment.

“We are holding this conference on the banks of the Brahmaputra, as such we are more concerned about the environment. Using non bio-degradable items will have a negative impact on the river,” he said.

Pegu said an ethnic food festival would be held during the conference and the plates and cups used in these eateries would be either made of banana leaves or paper.

“We have told the people who have approached us to set up eateries at the venue to use only banana leaves or paper plates and cups,” he said.

Regarding the food festival, he said the food of the Mising community would only be served at these eateries.

The vice-president said the theme of the conference this year would be to unite the people of Assam and the spread the message of brotherhood among various communities of Assam.

The Mising Bane Kebang was first held at Majuli in 1924 and freedom fighter Pitambor Debgoswami was its first president. The conference has been held regularly since then except for a few years during the country’s freedom struggle. There is nearly 15 lakh Mising community population in Assam.

Pegu said more than 1,000 delegates from various parts of Assam would take part in the conference, where Prime minister Manmohan Singh has been invited.

“The Prime Minister’s Office has not confirmed his participation but the process is on to invite him,” he said.

The chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have already confirmed participation.

Pegu said cultural troupes from the neighbouring states would perform at a function during the conference.