Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 24 launched the Asom Darshan Scheme which aims to develop and promote the religious institutions in the state.
Addressing the occasion, Sonowal said that religious institutions of all faiths promote human values and lead people towards spiritual awakening, which helps in reforming human mind and building a value based society.
He said spiritual knowledge helps to build an orderly society and urged the Satras and other religious institutions to take a lead in generating scientific temperament as a shield against superstition and other social evils in society.
Under the scheme, the state government has taken up a comprehensive plan to develop religious places of all faiths including 915 institutions with budgetary allocation of Rs 710 crore.
While Rs 2 lakh additional annuity grant to 160 Devalayas and Rs 10 lakh as first instalment to listed religious institutions are being provided to improve infrastructure, steps are also taken to improve connectivity for visitors by building a strong road network leading to the places of religious interest at a project cost of Rs 614.45 crore under this scheme.
Underlining the rich heritage and resources of the state, the chief minister said Asom Darshan Scheme would help to promote religious tourism in Assam. He also reiterated that the state government is fully committed to the cause of the indigenous people of the state and has taken number of steps for protection and promotion of Assamese language, literature, culture and heritage.