Representatives of tribal communities greet Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma | CMO

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that considering the importance of ancient wisdom of the indigenous tribal faith and culture, the state government has taken the decision to create a department to work for the promotion of faith and culture of anthropologically indigenous and tribal communities.

Sarma in presence of speaker Assam legislative assembly Biswajit Daimary met the representatives of 30 tribal communities on March 14 and discussed with them different measures to preserve and promote the faith and culture of anthropologically indigenous and tribal communities.

The CM said that the department would create an action plan for the state government to enrich the state’s demography and its bouquet of indigenous and tribal culture. The department will essentially undertake deep research and lay a strong foundation to achieve its mandate of helping the younger generation to imbibe the virtues of ancient faith and culture.

The CM while interacting with the tribal leaders said, “Assam is a microcosm of a bigger region where people belonging to different indigenous and tribal faith and culture reside since ages. However, as a manifestation of different factors, the younger generations seem to have been losing touch with the ancient faith and practices.”

Talking to the representatives, he also asked them to register their organizations with the department to enable the government to provide institutional support to the organizations that have been engaging in the preservation and promotion of indigenous and tribal faith and culture.

He told them that the tribal communities that are still preserving and practising their ancient religion, faith and culture can also apply for government support through a portal.

Stating that Assam has a rich repository of indigenous and tribal knowledge, Sarma said that government will initiate adequate steps for their studies by the younger generation so that the society at large gets benefitted. He also said that the government in the coming days will also hold a mega exhibition encapsulating in miniature the characteristics, creations, art and culture of indigenous and tribal faith to create more patronage for them.

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