Guwahati, Friday, January 10, 2020

Ex-MLA Boken Ete passes away

 ITANAGAR, Jan 9 - Boken Ete, a first-generation leader of Arunachal Pradesh and the first legislator of the erstwhile Along South Assembly Constituency, passed away last night. He was 98.

 Born on March 1, 1922 at Bene village in present West Siang district, Ete started his career in the British regime as Agency Labour Corp (ALC) in 1944 and went on to become the first MLA of the Along South Assembly Constituency when the first Assembly elections were held in Arunachal Pradesh in 1978.

Ete played a crucial role in establishment of Aalo as the headquarters of the undivided Siang division in the early 1950s. He also mobilised public support for construction of an ALG at Aalo during the early 1950s, which was amply used during the 1962 Chinese aggression.

He was instrumental in establishment of the Ramakrishna Mission School at Aalo in 1966 and the VKV, Jirdin, in 1980. He also led villagers during construction of the Along (Aalo)-Likabali road in 1958-59 and the road from Aalo to Silapathar.

Being the strongest bridge connecting the Galos and the Adis, late Ete helped in strengthening the Keba system. Besides, he was responsible for popularising wet rice cultivation in the 1960s. He tirelessly worked to end the slavery system prevalent in the tribal society in the late 1950s.

He was decorated with the Assam Governorís Award for his tireless relief work during the great earthquake of 1950. He was also awarded the Assam Governorís Commendation Certificate in 1958 and Lt Governorís Commendation Certificate in 1978.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, while expressing grief over Eteís demise, described him as a legend.