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After Namami Brahmaputra, Assam gears up for Namami Barak festival

After Namami Brahmaputra, Assam government is all set to organize Namami Barak in the similar line. On Wednesday, the chief minister’s office said that the three-day festival will be organized in mid November this year which will focus to project the valley in the global arena.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal emphasised on the need to focus the rich civilization and potential of Barak river to the entire world through this festival.

“Our aim is to discover Barak and stimulate development in the valley. This festival will definitely create an environment for reconnecting the people with their roots and rejuvenate the Barak valley civilization”, Sonowal said.

This festival will simultaneously be held at all the three districts of Barak valley and the main function will be held at Silchar.

The CM further mentioned that state government puts equal focus on the development of Brahmaputra and Barak valley as well as the three hilly districts of the state and urged the public representatives to take active part in the festival and ensure involvement of local people in the celebration.

He also directed the organizing committee members to prepare plan and action which would successfully highlight the rich culture, history, traditional cuisine and sports among others of the valley and its potentiality to emerge as an important economic hub.

Many in the state had criticised the state government for spending multiple crore in Namami Brahmaputra which was organized early this year. “The state is suffering in series of floods. Lakhs of people have been affected and the response of the Centre and the state government has not been up to the mark. So, as a common man, we would have been much happier to see the state government spending more funds in relief and rehabilitation instead of organizing festivals,’ said Manoj Hazarika, a retired school teacher.

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