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CM announces Rs 2 cr to develop Habung

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Jan 31: In a bid to make the new generation aware about the ideology and contributions of the first Ahom morch Swargadeo Chaolung Siu Ka Pha, Assam government will spend Rs 2 crore in the first phase for preservation of historic Habung in Dhemaji district, which manifests the rich Ahom legacy, and develop it as a tourist destition.

Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal announced this while participating in the central celebration of Me-Dam-Me-Phi organized by the Cultural Affairs department at Habung in Dhemaji district on Tuesday.

“The foundation of a disciplined and strong society rests on its inherent ethos, rituals and art & culture. Chaolung Siu Ka Pha set the tone for a harmonius Assam by unifying the ethos and values of different communities living during his time. He faced many challenges in his pursuit for greater Assam but adversities could never defeat him. Keeping his ideology alive will be the best tribute we can offer to this great founder of the Ahom dysty,” said the Chief Minister.

Sonowal further said the observation of Me-Dam-Me-Phi is the manifestation of the concept of ancestor worship, and this festival teaches people to show respect to departed ancestors and remember their contribution to society. “The blessings of our ancestors are the guiding force which keeps us moving,” added Sonowal.

Stating that Habung is plagued with myriad problems, Sonowal assured that the government will significantly invest in upgrading its infrastructure to develop the place as a tourist destition. He also sought people’s cooperation in transforming the face of Habung.

Sonowal also stated that five more bridges will soon be constructed over river Brahmaputra, completion of which will unleash a new era of development on the north bank.

Coinciding with the Me-Dam-Me-Phi celebration, the Chief Minister also offered prayers at a moidam and temple located at the programme site.

The Chief Minister also took part in a memorial function of former State Minister late Dilip Saikia Sonowal in Dhemaji. He later released a souvenir highlighting the life and works of the late leader.

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