The urgency to lay a formadible plan to protect and preserve Majuli and its Vaishnavite culture has touched newer heights. With Brahmaputra posing threat to the river island, the need for a concrete plan and excution of the same is widely felt.

Keeping in view of the sentiments of the people and the urgency of the matter, Assam Cabinet will visit the river island on September 7 and discuss on the way forward to protect and promote the region.

With a view to preparing a viable road map to protect and promote Majuli and its Vaishnavite heritage, ministers and senior bureaucrats of all the departments will assemble at the river island on September 7. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had decided to hold the forthcoming Cabinet meeting in Majuli on the eve of a grand function there.

Marking the beginning of the administrative functioning of the newly announced Majuli district, Sonowal and his Cabinet colleagues are scheduled to attend a grand ceremony at the Majuli College playground on September 8 where devotees of various satras and cultural troupes of the heritage island will showcase their centuries-old traditions.

Senior government officials said it will be the first Cabinet in the State that will hold its meeting outside capital Dispur. Along with the officers of the Majuli administration, local youths and cultural organisations are leaving no stone unturned to make the programme a grand success. The people of the flood and erosion-hit river island also seemed enthusiastic with the hope of getting better welfare facilities in the newly declared district.

“We are making all arrangements for the grand function and the Cabinet meeting. Both the programmes will be memorable in the history of Majuli,” said an administrative officer of the river island.

Asked about the timing of the Cabinet meeting, an officer in the Chief Minister’s Office said that the exact time of the meeting is yet to be decided. He said all the Cabinet ministers will be attending the meeting as the Chief Minister has discussed with them about the importance of the meeting in Majuli.

As the river island has been suffering from severe erosion and many civic problems, including absence of proper health care facilities, potable water, facilities for promoting local heritage and tourism in the resourceful island, the Cabinet meeting is expected to prepare a feasible road map for the allround development of Majuli.

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