DIBRUGARH: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid foundation stone of Swadesh Darshan Scheme at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park to develop a theme based tourist circuit in an integrated manner to cater to both mass and niche tourism at Chabua in Tinsukia District on Tuesday.
The Centre will create a tourist circuit around specific themes in order to attract tourists both domestic and international. Under Swadesh Darshan scheme 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development namely North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.
The name of the circuit which chief minister Sonowal laid foundation stone today is Manas-Pobitora-Nameri-Kaziranga-PaniDihing- Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife Circuit. The ₹19 crore circuit would encompass the components like tourist information centre, watch tower, cafeteria, approach road, handicraft exhibition centre, angling platform, security fencing etc.
In his address, Sonowal said the project has the potential of preserving local traditions, culture and customs. The project, which would be developed in synch with nature, would also go a long way in enriching scopes of tourism in the state besides increasing local employment opportunities, he stated. Sonowal also asked the people of Chabua to consider the project as their own and extend all possible cooperation for the successful implementation of the project.
Tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hailed the project as a great tourism booster. He said since the local people would be engaged in successful implementation and operation of the project, it would lead to an improved quality of life for the people living in the surrounding areas. He also hoped that once the project is implemented the state would witness phenomenal increase of footfalls of both domestic and foreign tourists.
Reiteirating their demands and entering their statewide protest to third consecutive day the Anganwadi workers and assistants association staged protest at Bhergaon to press for resolution of their demands on Tuesday.
The protesters numbering nearly five hundred protested demanding gratuity, formulation of pension scheme, immediate enhancement of their honorarium payment of minimum wages and increase in budget of ICDS.
They also demanded regularization of their services as Class III and Class IV employees with increase in their honorarium to Rs. 5000 and Rs 4000 per month respectively.
The protestors also handed a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister and Department of Social Welfare, Government of Assam, wherein they resented the State govt’s backtracking on the promise made earlier for increasing their honorarium and sought immediate intervention to resolve their issues.
People of all walks of life joined the celebration by smearing each other in colour with great pomp and splendor. They gathered in large numbers to celebrate the festival of colours forgetting all religious biases. In Guwahati, it’s very enjoyable as rain dance pulled huge revelers even amid scarcity of waters. Locals in Barpeta area preferred the use of organic colours and urged people to not waste water on the day. Dances processions were taken out on the roads by the locals to celebrate the festival. Men and women dressed up in costumes and walked in a sea of colour in accompaniment of the drumbeats as the procession slowly made its way through the city.
NDFB-S continues to spread terror tentacles in BTAD areas forcing the authorities to launch combing operations against the Bodo militant outfit. The anti-talk faction of the outfit shot dead one more person in Mongoljhar. With this the toll in the militant attack during the last 30 hours has reached 8.