This refers to a news item that appeared in leading dailies regarding the Assam Government’s plans to have a 12-day ‘Brahmaputra Pushkaram’ festival in November this year, on the lines of ‘Namami Brahmaputra’. We are really aghast at the proposed plans of the Government. Recently, Assam had a very serious bout of floods and thousands were rendered homeless, and there was considerable loss of lives and property. Many of the flood victims are yet to recover from the losses. Road connectivity and embankments were destroyed. Further, the situation in the State is yet to normalize after the declaration of the final NRC list.
As it is, the State has an acute shortage of funds; and the financial position of the Government is anything, but strong. Against this backdrop, the Government is set to spend crores of its meagre financial and non-financial resources. It is absolutely a wrong step on the part of the Government of Assam to undertake such misadventures.
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