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Junbeel Mela can become a unique tourist attraction: CM
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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal distributing ‘rajbhatta’ to Gova Tiwa Deoraja Deepsing at the closing ceremony of Junbeel Mela at Junbeel Pathar in Morigaon district on Saturday. – UB Photos
 JAGIROAD, Jan 19 - The three-day historic Junbeel Mela, organised under the auspices of the Gova Tiwa Deo-raja Junbeel Mela Samiti in association with the Gova Deoraja Rajdarbar concluded this evening at Junbeel Pathar, four km from Jagiroad in Morigaon district in the presence of thousands of people who had come from various regions of the country with great excitement.

Speaking at the closing ceremony today, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the Junbeel Mela with its unique barter system of trade has the potential of becoming a major tourist attraction. He also announced Rs 1 crore from untied fund for the promotion of the mela.

Saying that the Junbeel Mela gives an opportunity to present the diversities and strengthen the harmonious coexistence of the people of the State, Sonowal said that government would extend its patronage for the promotion of the mela and put it on the global tourism calendar.

Sonowal also said that his government is duty bound to protect the interests of the indigenous communities of the State. He, therefore, appealed to the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along with other intelligentsia to lend their full cooperation to look into full implementation of the Clause VI of the Assam Accord which would ensure safeguarding the interests of the ethnic communities of Assam.

A temporary ‘rajdarbar’ of the Gova Kingdom was organised at the mela ground in which 18 ancient rajas from various kingdoms in middle Assam namely, Nellie, Paschim Nagaon, Pub-Uttar Khola, Chahari, Silchung, Sara, Tetelia, Kumoi Kacharigaon, Kumoi, Sukunagog, Baghara, Tarani, Domal, Ghagua, Mayong, Dimoria, Khahigarh including Gova Tiwa Deoraja Deepsing and Potonia Deoraja Bhadrasing including Rajdarbar followers assembled.

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Piyush Hazarika, Morigaon MLA Ramakanta Deuri, Morigaon DC Rituraj Bora, Morigaon SP Swapnanil Deka, actor Jatin Bora, among others were also present.

The Chief Minister also distributed ‘rajbhatta’ cheque to 18 age-old rajas at the session. A series of ancient Tiwa folk dances were performed by the Tiwa dols participating from various regions of middle Assam.

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