DHUBRI: Chairman of Assam State OBC Board and Golokganj BJP legislator Ashwani Roy Sarkar, along with party workers, went to Mahamaya Dham and Mahamaya Snan Ghat temples at Bogribari in Kokrajhar district on Thursday with food items and fed the monkeys (common langur) there. There is habitat of nearly 300 monkeys in both temples.
Sarkar also carried different food items with him for 10 days which were handed over to the respective management committees for feeding the monkeys during this lockdown. When contacted by The Sentinel, Sarkar said that he came to know about the band of monkeys in both temples facing acute food crisis during the lockdown. “ Normally, the monkeys are fed by the offerings of food and fruits in the form of prasad but due to prolonged lockdown, devotees have not visited the temples and given this situation, food crisis among the monkeys was seen and this was informed to me,” Sarkar further said.
When asked about the decision of Dhubri district administration to compensate farmers after the visit of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Phani Bhushan Choudhury and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Sarkar said that Dhubri district administration was ordered to assess the losses of farmers, including the losses faced by watermelon growers particularly of Golokganj area. After the assessment of losses incurred by farmers, the State Government was contemplating to compensate them but that was yet to be decided in the days to come, Sarkar added. He also informed that farmers of Dhubri district had sold their produce worth Rs 1 crore till April 21 but in a rough assessment, they had faced a loss of Rs 2 crore at the same time.