FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SIVASAGAR, Feb 6: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday paid rich tributes to Srimanta Sankardev and announced a fund of Rs 5 crore to the Srimanta Sankardeva University established by the Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha for research purpose.
Gogoi also declared Rs 1 crore for the Sankari Cutural Project, the foundation stone of which was already laid at Rupahi Pathar and handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the organizing committee of the 85th annual conference of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha.
Attending the open session on the third day of the conference at the Xahityarathi Lakshmith Bezbaruah Samany Kshetra, Gogoi said that all efforts are being made to bring back the Vrindavani Vastra, the historic piece of textile woven under the supervision of Srimanta Sankardev, which has been kept at the British Museum.
Speaking on the teachings and contributions of the 15th century Vaishvite saint, Gogoi said, "Sankar Guru took spiritualism to new heights by spreading the message of unity and brotherhood. We need to do whatever we can to spread his message. Our government has decided to me all the Assam Bhavans set up outside the State as Sankardev Bhavans."
Stating that Sankardev was a champion of socialism, secularism and social-justice, Gogoi said that the great saint spread the message of human-ture co-existence through his preaching.
Announcing a Sankari Kala-Kristi Development Council for development of Sankari Kala-Kristi, the Chief Minister said, "The council will work for the infrastructural empowerment of the 'amghars' spread across the State."