Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday called upon the elites and intellectuals, including youths of the Nyishi community to preserve and promote traditional culture including local languages for posterity.

"Influenced by the latest fashion trend of Hollywood and Bollywood, our new generations are trying to discard their own tradition and customs which is not a good sign.

"They should be guided by the elders so that they realise the values and ethos of their own culture and preserve the rich culture for identity," Rijiju said while participating in Nyokum Yullo, at Seppa in East Kameng district.

"Foreign and domestic tourists visit our place to see our rich culture and traditions. If we will lose our culture and traditions, no one will visit our places, our villages and our state," he said.

While assuring to transform East Kameng as one of the most progressive districts of the state, Rijiju said the Centre on his persuasion has agreed to allocate budgetary support to the district this fiscal.

Referring to the just concluded Kameng River Festival at Seppa, Rijiju informed he would try to sponsor the festival next year through the Union Tourism Ministry.

"The river Kameng has huge potential for tourism, specially in angling and rafting," he added.

The minister also promised to provide a X-Ray machine and an ambulance to the general hospital at Seppa, besides a Nyokum ground.

Nyokum Yullo, the annual agro-based festival of the Nyishis, one of the major tribes in the state was celebrated with traditional gaiety and religious fervour since February 23 last.