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Now Namami Barak to promote civilization, tourism

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 13: With a view to promoting the rich civilization and potential of the Barak River and the valley in the global arena, a mega cultural tourism festival is being organized by the State Government covering the entire stretch of the river in the State soon.
The proposed three-day festival is scheduled to be held in mid-November this year. This festival will simultaneously be held at all the three districts of Barak valley and the main function will be at Silchar.
Taking part in the first organizing committee meeting of the festival which was held at Assam Administrative Staff College at Khanapara in the city on Wednesday, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal emphasized the need to focus on the rich civilization and potential of Barak river to the entire world through this festival. “Our aim is to discover Barak and stimulate development in the valley. This festival will definitely create an environment for reconnecting the people with their roots and rejuvenate the Barak valley civilization,” he said.
The Chief Minister further mentioned that the Government of Assam puts equal focus on the development of Brahmaputra and Barak valleys as well as the three hilly districts of the State and urged the public representatives to take active part in the festival and ensure involvement of local people in the celebration. He also directed the organizing committee members to prepare a plan which would successfully highlight the rich culture, history, traditional cuisine, sports etc. of the valley and its potentiality to emerge as an important economic hub.
Minister of Finance, Education and Health Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Transport, Industry & Commerce Chandra Mohan Patowary, PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, MLAs of Barak Valley districts and senior government officials were present at the meeting.