Staff Correspondent JORHAT, Dec 2 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today announced that the government has decided to erect a statue of Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha, the founder of Ahom monarchy, on the Janata Bhawan premises, besides instituting a Chair in his name in Dibrugarh University.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the Asom Divas celebrations at Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samannay Kshetra at Mohbandha in Jorhat on Monday. – UB Photos
The Chief Minister also said that efforts are on to declare Sivasagar as a National Monument Park District in view of the district having over 500 monuments of Ahom-era.
He made these announcements in his address as the chief guest of the function centrally organised on the occasion of Asom Divas, also known as Siu-Ka-Pha Divas, by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs with support from Jorhat district administration and Tai Ahom Sangathan Samannay Rakhya Samiti at the Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samannay Kshetra, near here. Asom Divas is observed to mark the arrival of Siu-Ka-Pha in Assam from a province in present-day China.
Stating that the statue will inspire one and all, the Chief Minister said that the Chair in the name of the great monarch at the Dibrugarh University would facilitate scholars carry out study and research on Siu-Ka-Pha and his legacy spanning over six centuries.
Sonowal also said that the government is preparing a detailed project report on making the Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samannay Kshetra the connecting point Kaziranga National Park and Sivasagar district in order.
The Chief Minister also said that his government has initiated steps to promote and preserve the famous Charaideo maidam, which has burial mounds of Ahom kings and royal family members.
“Our government has recently introduced a land policy, which is aimed at providing land to landless indigenous people and protecting land of such bhumiputras (sons of the soil),” Sonowal said.
He added that the government has framed a policy on bamboo and cane to boost production and to enhance trade of handicraft and other commercial products made from both the plants.
Moreover, Sonowal added, the government has decided to legalise agar trade by legalizing sansi tree cultivation and also deciding to open an international agar trade centre in Golaghat district as the district is known for its large numbers of sansi trees.
Earlier, the organisers presented Sonowal with a hengdang (Ahom sword), a traditional Ahom dress and a headgear.
Assam Cultural Affairs Minister Naba Kumar Doley, Assam Higher Secondary Education Council Chairman Dayananda Borgohain and Bishnu Kamal Bora, Director of Directorate of Cultural Affairs also addressed the meeting, among others.