September 26, 2023

Guwahati: Referring   to Bihu festival  as   a   representation   of   rich cultural heritage belonging to  Assamese community, State chief minister  Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday commented that the revered festival should be celebrated in a befitting manner across the State. Attending the ceremonial distribution of  one-time financial assistance of  Rs 1.5 lakh each to  2,114  Bihu celebration   committees at Srimanta   Sankardev   Kalakshetra, Sarma appreciated the   initiative launched  by the State cultural affairs department.
There is a significant difference between the manner in which Rongali Bihu was celebrated during the mediaeval period, especially during the Ahom era, and the manner in which it is celebrated now, and these changes with due course of  time reflect the progressive nature of the Assamese society in general, stated Sarma. He regretted that due to lack of proper knowledge about ethnic heritages the younger generations are often seen indulging in fruitless debates  and discussions on irrelevant  topics on  social media.
Appealing to the Bihu committees for utilising their platforms to spread the message of brotherhood and amity,  Sarma also asked them  to   free   their   respective   celebrations   from   the   vices   of   alcohol   and   forceful donations. He   exuded   confidence  that the Bihu   committees   shall   from   now   onwards voluntarily desist from collection of donations for organising their respective celebrations. Sarma declared that from next year, the government shall take the initiative of reviving the Sat Bihu culture.
Earlier Sarma attended the ceremonial disbursement of a one-time financial assistance of Rs five  lakh each to next-of-kin of 66 deceased contractual employees under the panchayat & rural development department. He expressed hope the financial assistance would be able to ameliorate at least some of the difficulties of the families belonging to deceased contractual employees.

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