By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Former minister-cum-speaker Setong Sena, four-time lawmaker representing Nampong assembly constituency, was remembered Saturday on his 5th death anniversary.
He had left for his heavenly abode around 11.45 pm this day in 2015 without any forewarning while undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Dibrugarh at the age of 54 and left behind his wife (Bina Sena), a son and two daughters.
A soft speaking Sena held many important portfolios as minister while serving under various CMs Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi, Dorjee Khandu, Jarbom Gamlin and Nabam Tuki. A product of Narottam Nagar RKM School and a graduate in Economics (Hons), he had ensured speedy development of his insurgency-infested Changlang district, particularly Nampong, located along historic Stilwell road bordering Myanmar, in a planned manner and brought a turnaround in state’s agriculture and allied sectors as agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry & diary development minister (2009-14).
The 3-day Krishi Expo & Kishan Melaat IG Park during Dec 12-14, 2012 had served as a path-breaker by highlighting huge scope in agri-horti sector to make the state self-sufficient. Moreover, for tremendous food grain production growth, the state has won National Krishi Karman Award for consecutive four times with higher cash reward.
Impressed with Daramdin, Denchung & Melli Dara Livelihood Mission Schools (LMSs) during his visit to Sikkim with then agriculture commissioner Hage Kojin, National Youth Project president H P Biswas and VP Pradeep Kumar, Sena was instrumental in facilitating Cabinet decision to set up CM’s LMS (CMLMS) in each assembly constituency. First CMLMS at Nampong funded from his MLALAD fund, inaugurated by then CM Nabam Tuki on 18.10.12 as pilot project, has so far skilled 100s of local boys and girls in various agri-horti, animal husbandry & veterinary sectors to make Jairampur sub-division self-sufficient.
Sena, a voracious reader, keen in grassroots level development, had distributed free tea saplings to people of his area to make tea cultivation a junoon that led to setting up of a tea factory (Eastern Tea Growers Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd) by 249 shareholders capable of producing 25,000-kg tea daily, which was inaugurated by then CM Tuki at Jairampur.
As deputy speaker & speaker, he had advocated speedy reopening of historic Ledo to Kunming Stillwell Road, built during the 2nd World War to link this land-locked state with rich South East Asian nations. The road was developed upto Pangsau Pass at his initiative and got Word War-II Cemetery with more than 1,000 graves of martyrs at Jairampur renovated as a tourist site and inaugurated by then Union MoS (Defence) M M Pallam Raju on 20.01.10.
His sustained advocacy to open border trade with SEA nations had led to open Border Trade Centre at Nampong, which was inaugurated by then Union MoS (Trade & Commerce) Jairam Ramesh on 25.11.07, to boost the state’s economy.
The ever smiling man is known for his multifarious contributions to state building, including tourist lodge at Terit Nagar, adopted ‘all are equal’ principle as 4th assembly speaker when record number of committees were formed and their reports included reforming GB institution, walkout & pandemonium were uncommon even ruling party members were embarrassing Govt with tricky questions to create many a milestones in state’s political history.
However, Sena who had revolutionized agri-horti & animal husbandry sector as minister would always be remembered for his monumental phrase -‘seeing is believing’ – told after impressed by performance of Sikkim’s Livelihood Mission Schools.